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GCSE Biology

GCSE Biology is now available mainly as a two-year course.

This course is suitable for progression onto healthcare courses such as nursing or any biology-based level 3 course such as Access to HE or A-Levels. It is also for students who need a science GCSE for Primary Teaching (alternative GCSE Chemistry is also suitable).

The exam board we use is Edexcel.

The next courses start early September 2024. Biology classes will run on Mondays with a choice of mornings (10am-12pm) or evenings (6pm -8pm).

For students wishing to fast-track and complete the course in one year, you would also need to join the Monday afternoon class (1pm -3pm) in addition to your choice of morning or afternoon class.

For more information e-mail kevin.gill@don.ac.uk

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    One year or two years

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Teaching is done through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical experiments.

Teaching is face-to-face in college, not online.

Assessment is by two external examinations which are scheduled for May and June 2025. The exams can be done at Foundation Tier (allowing achievement at grades 1 – 5) or Higher tier (allowing achievement at grades 4 – 9). Students can choose their Tier in February.

There is no assessed coursework for these courses but there are 8 practical investigations which are compulsory for all students. The exams include questions relating to these practicals.

Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required for entry to the exams.

External exams only.

There are no specific entry requirements but English and Maths at grade D (or equivalent) would be helpful as English and maths skills form part of the assessment outcomes for the course.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


Students under 19 or on low income may not have to pay fees.

Please Note Course Fees are subject to change.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7575

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details