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GCSE Science (Biology)

Cornwall College | Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: Pre Entry Level Applied Science

Twenty First Century Science Biology by OCR is the single award GCSE Science (Evening) course.

The specifications will prepare learners for progression to further study of biology, whilst at the same time offering an engaging and satisfying course for those who choose not to study academic biology further.

It is an ideal qualification for students thinking about a possible career in teaching or nursing where a Science GCSE at C / 4 or better is usually compulsory.



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Ideal if:

You require an extra GCSE for entry into University. We recommend checking with the University for their entry requirements.

You may be considering a career in this field or perhaps you just have an interest in this subject and would like to learn more.

You’ll need:

We normally expect applicants to this course to have already achieved a Grade D / 3 at GCSE in a Science subject. However, if you have not taken this GCSE course before, or have studied abroad, we may ask you to complete a short diagnostic test at interview to help decide whether this course is suitable for you.

You’ll learn:

The topics covered by this course are

  • You and your genes
  • Keeping healthy
  • Living together – food and ecosystems
  • Using food and controlling growth
  • The human body – staying alive
  • Life on Earth – past, present and future
  • Ideas about Science

During the course you will be able to take opportunities to link science to the cultural aspects of science, be able to evaluate concepts and ideas more critically by looking at the nature, quality and extent of the evidence, and at the arguments that link evidence to conclusions.


The qualification is available at two tiers of entry. Higher Tier (Grades A*-D / 9-3) or Foundation Tier (Grades C-G / 4-1).

This course is assessed through two exams each worth 50% of the final marks. Each exam lasts for one and a half hours.


You’ll love:

The course enables learners to develop an understanding of the concepts and models that scientists use to explain natural phenomena and how this links with the importance of experimental practices that quantifies and develops scientific understanding.

You’ll go on to:

Further study in the science field.


Marine & Natural Environment
Applied Science & Forensics
Applied Science & Forensics


GCSE Science (Biology)

Start Date

September 2020




30 weeks

Extra Information

3 hours per week for 30 weeks.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.