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Biology GCSE (Fast-Track)

The course is designed as a fast-track course for those who already have some knowledge of Biology. It is aimed at mature students who wish to gain a single-science GCSE Biology qualification most likely in order to help them to progress with their studies, either to gain entry to an Access course, degree, PGCE programme or a health-related profession.
Topics covered include:
– Cell Biology
– Organisation
– Infection & Response
– Bioenergetics
– Homeostasis & Response
– Inheritance
– Variation & Evolution
– Ecology.

Course Info

Level 2 - Intermediate
Subject Area
Science & Medical
Course Type
Adult Part-Time
Matthew Boulton College,
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
16 weeks

Entry Requirements

As this is a fast-track course a suitable level of prior education is needed. You will need a minimum of a grade 3 (D grade) at GCSE or equivalent in both English and Maths - Evidence of achieving these needs to be brought with you in order to qualify for enrolment. Scientific understanding to grade 3 (D grade) level in science is obviously vital as the pace of teaching is particularly fast on this fast-track programme. You will also have an informal interview with a course tutor at enrolment.

Delivery and Assessment

Students are involved in a range of activities. You will be assessed throughout the year with end of topic tests, mock examinations and regular homework. You will be expected to maintain a high level of attendance and complete all work set to a high standard to be eligible for exam entry. The award is 100% examination, all students must sit the 2 exams in the summer.


A GCSE Biology qualification could enable you to progress onto many higher level courses in science. it is also a basic requirement for many degree courses especially entry for PGCE programmes or work within the healthcare industry.