Science
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Times
    12:15 PM to 3:00 PM
    Wednesday from 14 September 2017 to 7 June 2018
    Ref
    17/18QSSIGP1004

    Fees
    16-18 years old (part-time) £0.00
    19+ unemployed and/or claiming benefits £0.00
    19+ with government funding £446.00
    19+ without government funding £847.00
    Overseas students £847.00
    19+ Advanced Learner Loan students N/A
  • Location
    Northampton - Lower Mounts
    Times
    9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
    Saturday from 9 September 2017 to 26 May 2018
    Ref
    17/18QSSIGP1006

    Fees
    16-18 years old (part-time) £0.00
    19+ unemployed and/or claiming benefits £0.00
    19+ with government funding £446.00
    19+ without government funding £847.00
    Overseas students £847.00
    19+ Advanced Learner Loan students N/A
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Times
    6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Thursday from 14 September 2017 to 7 June 2018
    Ref
    17/18QBIOLGE1914

    Fees
    16-18 years old (part-time) £0.00
    19+ unemployed and/or claiming benefits £0.00
    19+ with government funding £0.00
    19+ without government funding £0.00
    Overseas students £847.00
    19+ Advanced Learner Loan students N/A
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Times
    6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Wednesday from 13 September 2017 to 6 June 2018
    Ref
    17/18QBIOLGE1903

    Fees
    16-18 years old (part-time) £0.00
    19+ unemployed and/or claiming benefits £0.00
    19+ with government funding £0.00
    19+ without government funding £0.00
    Overseas students £847.00
    19+ Advanced Learner Loan students N/A
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    Times
    6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Tuesday from 12 September 2017 to 5 June 2018
    Ref
    17/18QBIOLGE1902

    Fees
    16-18 years old (part-time) £0.00
    19+ unemployed and/or claiming benefits £0.00
    19+ with government funding £0.00
    19+ without government funding £0.00
    Overseas students £847.00
    19+ Advanced Learner Loan students N/A

* People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Please click here for further details or call our Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Cambridge International Examinations Qualification on offer: IGCSE Biology

Summary of course

The course will be taught through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions. After successful completion of this course you can go on to do A-level Biology or a BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (if you have additional qualifications). IGCSE is broadly the same content and is at the same level as GCSE. However, it is also recognised internationally as well as in the United Kingdom. If you have taken GCSE at school it is an opportunity to improve your grade in an equivalent qualification, whilst approaching the knowledge content in a slightly different way.

What will I study? You will study the following subjects in context:

  • Living Organisms
  • Movement in and out of cells
  • Biological molecules
  • Enzymes
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Transport in plants
  • Transport in animals
  • Diseases and Immunity
  • Gas Exchange in humans
  • Respiration
  • Excretion
  • Co-ordination and response
  • Drugs
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance
  • Variation and selection
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering
  • Human influences on ecosystems

Progression: A Level Biology or a full-time science course (with additional entry criteria).

How is the course assessed?

3 examinations:

  • Exam 1 is a multiple choice paper for 45 minutes. This accounts for 30% of the final grade.
  • Exam 2 is a written paper for 75 minutes with some short and some long answer questions. This accounts for 50% of the final grade.
  • Exam 3 is a practical test for 75 minutes and accounts for 20% of the final grade.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you wish to study biology further and possibly progress to Level 3 and later University or need a second GCSE science subject qualification for future progression.

Entry Requirements for new students

The expectation is that you will have studied science at school until at least the end of year 9. For students who have recently taken GCSE Science or Biology, it is recommended that you have already achieved a grade D. This would indicate that obtaining grade C the following summer is a reasonable target.

There will be a progress test taken in week 4. If you do not pass you will be advised not to progress and given a refund for the remainder of the year.

General Info (materials required for the course)

The textbook recommended for the course is written specifically for this course and the details will be given to you by your lecturer. For further information contact the Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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