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Course Overview

Has your education been placed on hold?

Are you busy during most weekdays?

Has your past education left a negative impression on education?

Swansea College has created a new programme for mature adults aged 18+ who wish to go back to education, who may wish to improve their subject knowledge or who may want to gain a qualification in Biology. Our teachers are happy to help support
your educational journey!
 
We acknowledge that your every day lives may be busy! That is why we have created our after school hours programme.
 
We understand that students may have a negative impression on education, be that from experiences with anxiety to sit examinations at school, bullying whilst in education, or an educator leaving a lasting negative impression on the student. No matter the experience, it has left students with this impression about educational environments.
 
Nothing should halt any individual’s pathway to success. Our teachers are very friendly and supportive in the classroom environment.
 
Our online/in-person classes are small making learning more accessible for learners and giving the classroom environment a calm atmosphere to learn. Having a limited number of students in the classroom gives the students more one-on-one time with their teacher, for teachers to review students’ work, to provide feedback on what went well and how to improve students’ work for the future.
 

What is the programme?

Swansea College has created a new GCSE Biology programme for adults 18+.

Why was the programme created?

This programme was created by the director at Swansea College, Aisha Rasul noticed how difficult it has been throughout the pandemic for students who may have had their education placed on hold.
 
Our director had noticed a lack of adults who pursue learning in education, be that due to
past experiences within a past educational setting or adults who wish to continue their studies but they are busy with their normal everyday lives.
 
With this programme, mature students can feel comfortable in the classroom environment due to a limited number of students and a cosy classroom environment to learn.
 
For a majority of the population when they reflect on their educational experiences individuals say; I was nervous to put my hand up in class. This has been a major issue within educational settings, this pressure to get everything correct. Learning should be an enjoyable experience. Mistakes are a part of learning.
 
Students need not worry if their answers are incorrect, learning takes time! When teachers wish for students to participate in lessons, students can feel reassured that the teacher will take their time and help them along with their understanding of the topics discussed.

About our teachers.

Our teachers are enthusiastic about learning. Teachers will support students towards their individual pathways in education. Whether the student wishes to understand more subject knowledge if the student wishes to gain their qualification in GCSE Biology.  Our teachers are here to help!
 

When will the programme take place?

Our programme will take place 2 evenings a week for one and a half hours each. The course
duration is over thirty weeks during the whole academic year.
Total hours : 90 hours course

Course Fee

The fee for the full course is £650
If you are interested in our mature GCSE course, please imply your interest. This course is subject to four students enrolling on the course.
 

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Course Contents

The course is structured into bite-sized parts:

  • Cell structure
  • Cell division
  • Transport in cells
  • Principles of organisation
  • Animal tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Plant tissues, organs and systems
  • Communicable diseases
  • Plant disease (biology only)
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Homeostasis
  • The human nervous system
  • Hormonal coordination in humans
  • Plant hormones
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and evolution
  • The development of understanding of genetics and evolution
  • Classification of living organisms
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Organisation of an ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystems
  • Trophic levels in an ecosystem (biology only)
  •  Food production (biology only)

There are no previous entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

Assessment

This is a Linear specification. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course

To achieve a GCSE in Biology you will be assessed across all units. There are 2 paper-based examinations and practical assessments to achieve this.

Course Duration

You will have 1 year to complete the full GCSE Biology online course from the date you start the course. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time

Study hours

180 hours

Study Method

This course enables you to study for a GCSE in Biology by online learning.  Full tutor support is available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the practical assessment and exams, you will receive a GCSE in Biology. The awarding body is AQA.

Once you have studied the course and successfully passed the examinations, you will be awarded your AQA GCSE biology.

You will achieve grade between 4-9 with the higher tier paper. If you just fail to achieve grade 4, you will be awarded an allowed grade 3.

Students who fail to meet the minimum standard for an allowed grade 3 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

Exam Detail

Take Your Exams at Swansea College Exam Centre

Swansea Online Learning College can provide a guaranteed exam space in our affiliated exam centre, taking away the hassle of needing to find your own.

Register for your exams today...

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