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Introduction to Biology

Course Code:AN1116C

Spaces:14 spaces left

Centre:Dolphin Centre

A four week course for those who enjoy science and want to get back into learning. This course will also help to prepare learners who are looking to undertake the one year course leading to a GCSE Biology qualification.

What the course is about

With the other learners in your class you will explore subjects such as DNA, evolution, climate change, how plants make sugar, the immune system and more.

You will carry out some practical work and will learn how to analyse data and evaluate your findings.

A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions and Q&A.

Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills as part of the learning activities related to Biology. This will include assessing your current skill level in these important key subjects.

Pre-course information session or interview

There are no Pre-course Admission sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course.

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop, which will be reviewed at regular intervals. There is no qualification attached to this course.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you either with preparing to gain a qualification, or for further study in the field of science. Successful completion of this course will provide you with experience of the type of skills and knowledge required for further study of Biology that may be needed for job roles such as teaching and health care. 

Materials and costs

You should bring A4 paper, a folder, pens, pencils and ruler to each session. Course costs: For information regarding any funding for this course please please refer to the Finance page on our website Please note anything provided is on loan to you and must be returned at the end of the course. If it is not returned you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement.

Next Step

You may wish to progress to the one year GCSE Biology course or other courses that are offered by Skills and Learning or other local providers.There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. Please visit our website for more details. Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education. Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service . For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail [email protected]. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start Date14 June 2023

LocationThe Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ


Time13:00 - 15:15

Duration4 weeks



Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £25. Concessions FREE.


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