Awarding Body: AQA
Qualifications on offer:
- AS Biology (Year 1)
- A Level Biology (Year 2)
Summary of course
Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much that they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. It is possible to go into other fields as a future career but you should have a strong interest in Biology in order to be successful at A level. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either.
The Human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die each day from AIDS. Biologists are concerned with issues like this. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology and the work that they do is vital to us all.
Biology A Level also provides a suitable foundation for the study of the Biological Sciences, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Forestry, Horticulture etc in Higher Education.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Regulation and Control
- Cardiac and Respiratory Systems
- Skeleton and Muscle
- Nutrition and Digestion
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
- Written exams
- Practical endorsement
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
The ideal student:
- Is curious about how life works and fits the environment
- Is prepared to form a sound opinion on biological/environmental issues
- Is prepared to spend time reading and working on methods to obtain a better understanding of the topics
- Is willing to read magazines, journals, periodicals, books, newspapers etc
- Is prepared to watch topic related DVDs, TV programmes etc.
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion this course would support a wide range of progression opportunities including employment, University or study for a Professional Qualification. The knowledge, practical or research skills gained by studying this subject would support progression within the same field or an allied field of study.
Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points|
|Specific Course Requirements:||Standard A Level entry requirements including GCSE Biology at grade 5-6 (B) or GCSE Science at grade 7 (A)|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studies as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
General Info (materials required for the course)