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A-Level Biology

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

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 areas of inter­est and open the door to a fan­tas­tic range of inter­est­ing careers. 


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will under­take 12 core prac­ti­cal units 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. You will study in a vari­ety of ways includ­ing work­sheets, quizzes, research, prac­tice exam ques­tions, prac­ti­cals, skills assess­ments, lab books, extend­ed read­ing, group work and inde­pen­dent study.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ment for A Lev­els is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below:

Grade 6/B or above in maths and 6/6/ B/B in Com­bined Sci­ence or Grade 6/B in maths and 6/B in Biol­o­gy plus 6/B in Chem­istry or Physics.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

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.

Addi­tion­al Information

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.

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

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

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • 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


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Emi­ly achieved A*, A, A, A* in Biol­o­gy, Maths, Chem­istry and her EPQ. The for­mer Prince William School stu­dent pro­gressed to The Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham to study Chem­i­cal Engineering.

Emily Hutchinson



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