This course will give you the skills to make connections and associations between all living things around you.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Science
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019

This course can be combined with other courses (including BTEC Certificates) to make a full programme.

This course encourages you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations.

You will develop an understanding of scientific method and be aware of those scientific advances in technology that are relevant to the Biological Sciences. You will appreciate the value of and the responsible use of Biology in society. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and learn to make and use connection between them.

This course is ideal if you enjoy learning about how processes in living organisms really happen and how all living organisms are interconnected. It is also ideal if you are interested in studying topics related to health and human effects on the environment.

You will be taught through lectures, group work, practical work, assignment and projects. Videos, IT equipment and visits are used as teaching aids and you will have access to fully equipped laboratories and also IT equipment. Various ongoing assessments are made by tests, essay writing and other exercises which do not contribute to the final exam.

Examinations: Internal Assessment at end of Year 1. For A Level there are 3 x 2 hour written exams.

What topics will I study?

Year 1:

  • Biological molecules
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Cell biology

Year 2:

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

You will:

  • Gain an understanding of scientific methods
  • Learn about scientific advances in technology relevant to biology
  • Attend a field work visit
  • Take part in a DNA technology workshop
  • Improve your communication skills in science, including how to reference, writing a synoptic essay and lab reports
  • Develop your practical and investigative skills through lab work in our new laboratories
  • Enhance your data analysis and evaluation skills

This course goes well in combination with Chemistry and Maths (A Level or Level 3 Certificate). Psychology, PE and Environmental Science are also popular combinations.

Next steps: You could progress to higher education or a career in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and related health subjects. Progression routes include biological science, biochemistry and biomedical science.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: You will need eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, and Maths (grade 5).
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent.


You will have access to new fully equipped laboratories and PCs as well as access to a learning resource centre. There is a cafe based in the Maths and Science Centre.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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