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York College

Entry Requirements

Few formal qualifications are needed to study this course. Some relatively recent experience of science or biology would be advantageous. We also require that all students applying for the course have a good grasp of English Language. This could be, for example, through having achieved GCSE English or a Level 2 Literacy qualification. Biology makes extensive use of specialist terms so it is important all candidates are able to access the language demands of the course.The course involves applying basic math’s such as plotting graphs and calculating averages, GCSE Maths or a Level 1 Maths qualification is required or the study of GCSE math’s alongside this qualification.

Dates and Times

10th September 2018 - 3rd June 2019 (Mondays)

11th September 2018 - 14th May 2019 (Tuesdays)

12th September 2018 - 15th May 2019 (Wednesdays)

11.05am - 2.20pm or 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Course Content

This engaging qualification provides an excellent foundation for those interested in finding out more about biology or using it as a stepping stone to further study. The qualification combines core biological topics with the latest biological findings.

The topics covered are as follows:

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Key ideas

Teaching involves an exciting mix of practical work and theory enabling key concepts to be understood and applied in a laboratory situation. During the course students will complete 10 compulsory practical investigations that will enable you to develop your practical skills.

At the end of the course there are two examination papers. The questions are mixture of multiple choice, short and long answers. You will also be tested on the knowledge acquired through practical work during the year.


Students successfully completing the course will receive a GCSE in Biology.


This course will assist with university entry to programmes such as Nursing, Midwifery and Primary Teaching, as well as allowing access to the study of A-Level Biology or associated courses.

Course Fees

The cost of this course is £310.

Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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