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Are you looking for an exciting career in science?

Do you want to become a qualified pharmacy technician? Or are you looking towards the medical professions?

Perhaps you would like a career working with animals, such as a veterinary nurse, surgeon, or animal technician? Whatever your ambition, Highbury has the programme to get you started.

Our qualifications take a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential theory you need to proceed to further study or work.

GCSEs for Adults

We offer a range of part-time GCSE science qualification, designed for adults who wish to return to study. These qualifications can support your career and allow you to access a wide range of university courses. 

GCSE Biology for Adults

Day and Time of Course: Thursday 6pm - 9pm
Length of Course: 30 Weeks (with 5 additional Saturday sessions)
Cost: £195

Please note, this course is based at Highbury Campus in Cosham, with various dates available.

GCSE Biology is the study of living organisms and their structure, life cycles, adaptations and environment. You will study both animal and physical biology.

This GCSE (grades 9–1, where 9 is the highest grade) in Biology is a linear qualification that consists of 2 externally examined assessments.

Who is the course for?

  • Those wanting to progress into further/higher education for studies and/or a career in science, biology, pharmacology, ecology, forensic science, etc.
  • Those with a keen interest in biology who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge.

The qualification will cover the following topics:
• Cell biology
• Organisation
• Infection and response
• Bioenergetics
• Homeostasis and response
• Inheritance, variation and evolution
• Ecology
• Key ideas


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GCSE Chemistry for Adults

Length of Course: 30 Weeks (with 5 additional Saturday workshops)
Cost: £195

Please note, this course is based at Highbury Campus in Cosham, with various dates available.

GCSE Chemistry is the branch of science that examines substances and composition within matter. It focuses on experiments and investigation into the properties of a substance, as well as reactions.

This GCSE (grades 9–1, where 9 is the highest grade) in Chemistry is a linear qualification that consists of 2 externally examined assessments.

Who is this course for?

  • Those wanting to progress into further/higher education for studies and/or a career in science, chemistry, medicine, forensic science, pharmacology, etc.
  • Those with a keen interest in chemistry who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge.

The qualification will cover the following topics:
• Atomic structure and the periodic table
• Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
• Quantitative chemistry
• Chemical changes
• Energy changes
• The rate and extent of chemical change
• Organic chemistry
• Chemical analysis
• Chemistry of the atmosphere
• Using resources


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GCSE Physics for Adults

Length of Course: 30 Weeks (with 5 additional Saturday sessions)
Cost: £195

Please note, this course is based at Highbury Campus in Cosham.

GCSE Physics is the branch of science that studies energy, forces, mechanics, waves, the structure of atoms and the physical universe.

This GCSE (grades 9–1, where 9 is the highest grade) in Physics a linear qualification that consists of 2 externally examined assessments. The qualification is divided into the following components (students must complete all assessments):

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics (physics only)
The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:
  • Develop the ability to think scientifically.
  • Develop experimental skills and strategies.
  • Apply the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data.
  • Understand and apply scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Full attendance is required at classes, homework is set, there is a minimum expectation that learners will match classroom hours with independent study hours.


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GCSE Combined Science for Adults

Length of Course: 35 Weeks
Cost: £360

Please note, this course is based at Highbury Campus in Cosham, with various dates available.

Science is the systematic study of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation.

This GCSE (grades 9–1, where 9 is the highest grade) in Combined Science consists of 3 externally examined subject areas. The qualification is divided into the following components (students must complete all six assessments, 2 exams per subject area):

Biology: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources

Physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism

The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:

  • Develop the ability to think scientifically.
  • Develop experimental skills and strategies.
  • Apply the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data.
  • Understand and apply scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

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Just the job

Science qualifications open doors to a wide variety of jobs in many areas including medicine, research, forensic science and product development. You could work in a medical or quality control laboratory, public health, analytical laboratories, industry or as a science technician. Senior scientists can earn upwards of £50,000. Pharmacy technicians can earn between £19,000 and £28,000 a year. Starting salaries for a forensic scientist can be around £20,000 a year. Lab technicians may earn between £15,000 and £20,000 a year.