Course Details

  • 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!

  • Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

    Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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  • 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.

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