- Subject Area
- Science & Medical Sciences
- Age Group
Shena Simon Campus
(Part Time - Non-released - 1 year)
Everywhere you look, biology is all around you. And there has never been a better, more exciting and exhilarating time to study the subject, with so many new discoveries and developments being made every day! If you want to have an impact on the lives of those around you – looking at everything from genetic testing to conservation efforts – this A-Level in Biology is a great place to start.
You’ll begin by looking at how all living organisms have similarities in their cellular structure, biochemistry and function, and learn how understanding these is essential to the study of biology. Moving on to animals and plants in further detail, you’ll focus on how they have evolved to survive using the resources around them, before exploring how the biodiversity of our planet can be conserved.
Throughout AS and A-Level, you’ll be developing a number of practical skills in biology, as you learn to apply your knowledge solving a range of problems. You’ll get the chance to join field trips and take part in investigative studies, keeping a laboratory record book just as fully qualified biologists would!
You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above for this A-Level Biology course, and these should include English Language, Maths at grade B or above, and either Double Science or Biology at grade B or above. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements
How will I be assessed?
In your AS-Level year, you’ll take two exams each making up 50% of your mark. At A2-Level, assessment will be split between three exams in biological processes, biological diversity and unified biology. You’ll gain practical endorsement on your certificate as well.
Continuing Your Journey
After completing an A-Level qualification in Biology, the logical next step is to progress onto a university-level degree, and you’ll have a huge range of options open to you. You could study Biochemistry or Animal Sciences, Geology or Zoology, Medicine or Speech Therapy.
You could also apply for a Higher Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing, Horticulture or Environmental Conservation. Needless to say, whichever path you follow will lead you to a number of career opportunities related to biology, from healthcare professionals and research scientists, to marine biologists and zookeepers! Link to Careers
Fees, Finance & Funding
A-Level courses like this one are completely free for anyone aged 16-18 and progressing from school.
If you don’t fall into this category, there may be tuition fees to pay. But don’t worry, there is plenty of financial support available to help you afford college. We’ve put together all the different funding opportunities that you might be eligible for, ranging from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education. You can find out all about them on our fees, finance and funding page. Fees, Funding and Finance
Got a question?
Need to find out more information about this A-Level? Our course enquiries team are on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.
All you need to do is get in touch with them, and ask away! Link to Enquiries
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