Gain practical and written scientific skills to make connections with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Studying this broad subject will allow you to discover your area of interest and open the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

You will study:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • How Organisms Exchange Substances with Their Environment
  • Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms
  • Energy Transfers in and Between Organisms
  • How Organisms Respond to Changes in Their Internal and External Environments
  • Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
  • The Control of Gene Expression

This course is 100% exam based. You will also be required to complete a minimum of 12 assessed practicals.

You will study in a variety of ways. In science these will include: In class activities, worksheets, quizzes, research, practice exam questions, practicals both assessed and not, skills assessment, lab book, extended reading, tests, group work and independent study. We also organise industry visits that are relevant to your subjects and, where possible, subject specific conferences. In addition, you will undertake 12 core practical assessments including: Using microscopes to see cell division Dissection of animals or plant systems, aseptic technique to study microbial growth, investigating activity in cells and investigating animal behaviour.

Example job roles:

  • Doctor
  • Clinical Molecular Geneticist
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Nurse
  • Research Scientist
  • Vet
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Marine Biologist
  • Dentist

Studying further degrees in:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacy
  • Chemistry

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support How you will be assessed: In addition, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 assessed practicals and write up all supporting information in a lab book.

It is recommended that you check the entry requirements for the degree courses / career paths you are considering. It is common to need chemistry and / or maths alongside biology. You will be expected to attend maths for biologists sessions once per week if you do not take maths. A lab coat and safety glasses are required for this course, these can be purchased from the college and will cost approximately £15 or you can use the ones we have. You will also need a scientific calculator.

APS of 46* and 5 GCSEs at grades 5/C or above including English, and grades 6/B or above in maths and science.

APS Calculator: The APS (Average Point Score) of 40 = an average of grade C in all GCSEs taken. BTEC equivalents are not acceptable.

For Admission

Department : A Levels
Level : Level 3
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 2 Years Full Time
Course Code : ALBIOAP

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