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What career opportunities can this lead to?

You could progress to a level 3 course such as A level, Access to HE, Science Foundation Degree, BTEC National Diploma. A Science GCSE at grade C or above is required for entry to some Higher Education courses such as Teacher Training and Nursing.

What are the entry requirements?

Potential students who would like to enrol on this course need to first come along to one of our initial assessment sessions so that we can ensure that you are on the course where you are most like to succeed. Attendance at the initial assessment session can be arranged by calling the College reception.


(1) As a minimum, you will need to be able to do maths and English at a level equivalent to GCSE grade D (''Level 1'') and

(2) be working towards GCSE grade C or above (''Level 2'') in maths and English.

(3) A science qualification at the minimum of Level 1 will be of benefit but is not always essential.

(4) You will need to pass a College interview (where you will be asked about your motivation, interest, and commitments that might affect attendance).

What does this programme involve?

Subject content
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology
8. Key ideas

Paper 1
Whats assessed
Topics 1 - 4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
How its assessed
- Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Foundation and Higher Tier
- 100 marks
- 50 % of GCSE
Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2
Whats assessed
Topics 5 - 7: Homeostasis and response;
Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
How its assessed
- Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Foundation and Higher Tier
- 100 marks
- 50 % of GCSE
Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

There will be lectures, presentations and demonstrations, class discussions, practical work, small group work, and individual research and you will be expected to attend all sessions. The lecturer will help you to learn more efficiently and how to produce your work professionally.

What else do I need to know?

The GCSE Science course is aimed at students who need a science qualification for progression to other courses, such as teacher training or nursing, as well as those who have a general interest in science topics. Students with a reasonable level of literacy (English) and numeracy (maths) are more likely to succeed on this course (please see the entry requirements).

You will need to bring materials ready to take notes.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
GBL1 Eastleigh College 19/9/2019 Thu 18:00 – 21:00 32 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

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Nicole chose the Combined Science Access to Higher Education pathway, and is going to study Food & Nutrition at University.


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