GCSE Biology – Higher Tier

Course codes: OSC1358 / OSC1359
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Achieve a GCSE in Higher Tier Biology with this distance learning course from Open Study College. Study whenever and wherever suits you.

  • Achieve an accredited AQA Biology GCSE Higher Tier
  • Gain an understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles
  • Develop your interest in the study of living organisms
  • Gain a recognised qualification for further studies
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Course Overview

If you add on the exams, we will book and pay for your exams and practical sessions on your behalf. These must be taken at our Birmingham exam centre, so please ensure you’re able to travel to this location. The dates for the practical sessions will be during the Easter holidays.

Please note: students choosing Higher Tier Biology will achieve a grade between 4 to 9.  Students who just fail to achieve grade 4 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.

For students wishing to achieve grade 1-5, please choose our GCSE Biology – Foundation Tier.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Course Outcome

GCSE Higher Tier in Biology (you must take the exams and practical to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper-based exams and practical assessment.

Course Content
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Assessment

To achieve a GCSE Higher Tier in Biology you will be assessed across the above sections. All sections will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations.

A range of practical skills for this course will be assessed through written exams. This course includes practicals and exams in the cost of the course. We will book and pay for these on your behalf when you’re ready to take them.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You have 1 full year to complete your course which starts from your enrolment date. During this time, you have access to full tutor support through email.

Course Requirements

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol on this course.

Study Method

Study for your GCSE biology around your life commitments. Whether that’s alongside work, college or family – study at a pace that suits you.

Choose to study online or from a course pack. As long as you have your study materials, you can study wherever you want.

Tutor support is available through email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

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.

For students wishing to study towards grades 1-5, please choose our GCSE Biology Foundation Tier course.

Exam details

Paper 1
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighing: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Question type: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response
  • Assessed: Topics 1-4 (cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics)
Paper 2
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighing: 50% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks:100
  • Question type: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response
  • Assessed: Topics 5-7 (homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; ecology)
Q&As

Yes! Our GCSE course is accredited by awarding body AQA.

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for any exams and practicals included in this course yourself.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

Please note, students choosing Higher Tier Biology will achieve a grade between 4 to 9. Students who just fail to achieve grade 4 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.

For students wishing to study towards grades 1-5, please choose our GCSE Biology – Foundation Tier including exams and practicals course.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately. You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional.

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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