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GCSE Sciences

We offer GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry as separate courses. You can do one or both of these courses.

The exam board we use is Edexcel.

Either one of these GCSEs is suitable for progression into Primary teaching or healthcare courses such as nursing.

The next courses start early September 2023. Biology classes are available with a choice of Wednesday morning or Wednesday evening. Chemistry classes are on Tuesday evening.

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

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Duration

    One year (September to June)

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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 2024. 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.

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.


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