Biology GCSE


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Biology GCSE LocationCranford Avenue Course Overview Apply Now Candidates will be encouraged to: • Acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and skills needed to apply this in new and changing situations in a range of domestic, industrial and environmental contexts. • Acquire an understanding of scientific ideas, how they develop, the factors which may affect their development and their power and limitations. • Plan and carry out a range of investigations, considering and evaluating critically their own data and that obtained from other sources using ICT where appropriate. • Evaluate in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments, including those related to the environment, personal health and quality of life and considering ethical issues. • Select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions, and using ICT where appropriate.

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Course programme

Grade C at GCSE in both Maths and English, or currently enrolling on these subject course/s. For school leavers looking to improve their grades, an interview with the course tutor is required. Course Content The course consists of theory and a scientific investigation (assessed coursework) as follows: • How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment? • What causes infectious diseases and how can our bodies defend themselves? • What determines where particular species live and how many of them there are? • Why are individuals of the same species different from each other? • Why have some species of plants and animals died out? • How do humans affect the environment? • Plants and animals are made of cells, but are there any differences in the contents? • How do dissolved substances get into and out of cells, plants and animals? • How do plants obtain the food they need to live and grow? • What happens to energy and biomass at each stage in a food chain? • What are enzymes and what are some of their functions? • How do our bodies keep internal conditions constant? • How are new medicines developed? • Which human characteristics show a simple pattern of inheritance? • How are dissolved materials transported around the body? • How do exchanges in the kidney help us to maintain the internal environment in mammals and how has biology helped us to treat kidney disease? • How do we use microorganisms? • How can we be sure we are using microorganisms safely? How will I be assessed? GCSE Science Biology 75% examination and 25% coursework. Progression Successful completion of this course enables you to proceed to AS/A Level Biology Fees • If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment - no course fee. • If you are 19 or over as of 31st August a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Full fee costs £341. Bursary Funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19’s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Rehabilitation of Offenders To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply for a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality & Diversity policies can be found in the Library.
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