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GCSE Biology


GCSE Biology is the study of living organisms and their structure, life-cycles, adaptations and environment


Subject content

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  •  Ecology
  • Key ideas

Course Leader profile

Chris Tindal

After school I spent a year working on a trout farm in North Yorkshire and attended Sparsholt College of Agriculture in Hampshire. Upon my return I worked at the RSPCA clinic in Halifax for a couple of years before moving on to spend eleven years at Hird & Partners Veterinary Practice, five of which as Practice Manager. During my time at Hirds I gained a BSc (Hons) from Bradford University, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Science at the University of Wales, Bangor. I spent two years teaching Key Stage 2 and 3 and A level Biology in Wales followed by three years in the pharmaceuticals industry as a Veterinary Territory Manager for Pfizer Animal Health, covering the north of England and Northern Ireland. This was followed by seven years teaching level 3 and 4 Animal Management and Countryside Management at Kirklees College in Huddersfield. At Kirklees I was also an Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach for the Land-Based and Science department. I joined Calderdale in September 2012 and teach a variety of biology and animal related subjects for level 3 Animal Management.

Entry Requirements

Students will need at least a Level 1 in Maths & English as an entry requirement.

Interview Process

An interview and short assessment

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

A good qualification for those considering a career in health or applied sciences.

What will be studied?

Formal assessment will be two 1 hour 45 minute exams, covering the following: Exam 1 - Cell biology, organization, infection & response, bioenergetics Exam 2 - Homeostasis, inheritance, variation & evolution, ecology There will also be 10 compulsory practicals throughout the duration of the course.

What makes the course special?

Staff are highly qualified and enthusiastic. They ensure student success by making the teaching and learning differentiated and student centred. Teaching styles vary from lecture to group work, to ICT based research to practical investigations. Tasks are set to support and reinforce the subject material covered in the sessions. It is expected that these tasks are completed in the learner’s own time.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Yes, a GCSE in Biology

How is the course assessed?

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

You may require the GCSE Biology qualification to enter employment in Teaching, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Sport and Fitness, or Health and Social Care. The GCSE is also a requirement of many Level 3 science related courses, as well as many University Degrees.

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day) and Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 3 hours per week
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Start Time: 5.30 pm
  • End Time: 8.30 pm
  • Duration: 32 weeks
  • Course Fees: £396 Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information on fees and fee remission.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Partnerships, Performance & Employability
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: GCSE Biology
  • Awarding Body: AQA

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