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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.

Dates and Times

We hope to run this course in Autumn 2017.
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Course Content

The course is split into three units that are assessed through examinations and one controlled assessment, which is taken as part of the course.
Unit 1 looks at control and interdependence; exploring the functioning of the mammalian nervous system, human health and energy in food chains alongside genetics and evolution. 
Unit 2 develops these ideas to explore human and plant physiology as well as how new species develop. 
Unit 3 explores homeostasis and transport in organisms as well as human interactions with their environment. 
Unit 4 is a practical skills assessment, which assesses the skills of planning, observation, analysis and evaluation developed throughout the three taught units. (This needs to be done under examination conditions at College so it is very important you are able to attend these sessions.)


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 in 2016 was £280 but this may change in 2017.

Courses costing more than £100 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) 770400.

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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