Biology – GCSE Taster

Course aim

This course is for any learner who is considering starting Biology GCSE in September. The aim of the course is to provide a taste of some fundamental topics covered in GCSE Biology.

Course length and duration

The course will be run over 3 weeks (one 2 ½ - hour session each week). To make the most of this course you will need to attend each session.

Course content

The main topics that will be touched on in this course are: Cells, the digestive system, and microorganisms

  • What is a cell? How to cells work together to carry out essential functions and processes?
  • The function of the digestive system is digestion and absorption. How do we access the minerals and nutrients found in food?
  • There are four main types of pathogen: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protest. Learn how viruses use their host organism to reproduction and how the body defends itself from these invading microorganisms.

Entry requirements

Anyone who is interested in studying GCSE Biology from September 2022 can enroll onto the GCSE Biology Taster course without an initial assessment.

Learning strategies

The course will be delivered through distance learning. You will be required to join online sessions and complete online tasks and assessments. In order to develop further, you may be given work to complete outside of the class hours.


There will be no formal exam at the end of this course but there will be some informal assessments to check your understanding of the topics.

Other information

Completion of this course will not lead to an automatic entry into GCSE Biology. However, you will be offered to take the GCSE Initial Assessment in the summer. The outcome of the Initial Assessment will determine whether you will be suitable to enroll onto a Biology GCSE course which starts in September

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