Biology GCSE

Our course code: X805

Course fee: £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

This distance learning GCSE Biology course is designed to develop a broad understanding of biological principles and concepts, whilst developing learners’ key biological investigative skills. You’ll delve into the deepest mechanisms of cell division and cell functions within different organisms, as well as discovering how the various systems of the human body work together to facilitate life. From genetics and evolution to biodiversity and deforestation, you’ll have a solid foundation in biological studies after completing this online GCSE Biology course.

Students who study GCSE Biology may go on to study A-Level Biology, particularly those who want a career in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing, and forensic science. GCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers.

This GCSE Biology course has been written to the latest AQA specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final GCSE examinations in the UK.

Please note that the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is in the Summer of 2021.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast Track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Administration and 5-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

GCSE Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X805
  • Qualification code: 8461
  • Official Qualification Title: GCSE Biology

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours of study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 29/09/20. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts.

You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Assessment

All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2022. If you wish to fast track your learning, please do contact us.

You’ll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams.

Official exams

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of GCSE, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of GCSE, 100 mark

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.

Assignments

During your course, you will also be required to complete a range of assignments that don’t contribute to your final grade but will prepare you for your final examinations. There is no coursework to complete. All exams must be taken in the same session. 

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a GCSE in Biology, issued by AQA. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - GCSE Biology

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Cell biology

Investigate the structure of the basic building blocks of life.

2: Organisation

Learn about the digestive system! Explore the functions and actions of the digestive systems of humans and animals, and how essential nutrients are extracted and moved through the body. Go on to explore the organs of the body and their roles before looking at non-communicable diseases such as heart failure and cancer.

3: Infection and response

This section will explore how we can avoid diseases by reducing contact with them, as well as how the body uses barriers against pathogens. This topic takes you through viral, bacterial and fungal infections.

4: Bioenergetics

This topic explores the systems and processes used by a variety of life to harness energy from their food and environment.

5: Homeostasis and response

Cells in the body can only survive within narrow limits – the body’s environment needs to be constantly maintained. This topic explores how the body maintains this delicate balance and how it reacts to change.

6: Inheritance, variation and evolution

Evolution is the science of life’s change and adaptation in response to the challenges of the environment. Through the study of inherited traits, we can examine how various lifeforms develop to suit their environments best.

7: Ecology

It’s the circle of life! And you’ll get to study it in ecology. You’ll look at food chains and the various cycles of life which surround us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. Yes, you can find out more by clicking here.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.