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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code BIO-AL (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English Language and Maths, with grade 5 or above in Biology or grade 5:5 or above in Combined Science.

  • What does the course involve?

    This is an exciting and exacting subject that is delivered in an innovative and dynamic way. You will be part of a well-resourced and very successful department, where you will be guided and supported throughout the course. You will carry out a significant amount of practical work, including field work, which not only enriches understanding of the theory but will also develop your ability to design experiments, process data and carry out statistical tests.

    You even get to genetically modify bacteria so that they glow in the dark! 

    Year 1 topics include: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Gas Exchange and Circulation in plants and animals, Disease and Immunity, Classification and Biodiversity.

    Year 2 topics include: Photosynthesis, Respiration, Homeostasis, Coordination in plants and animals, Ecology, Genetics, Evolution, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three exams at the end of the 2 year course. Practical Endorsement in Biology.

    This is a non-exam assessment that involves carrying out 12 different practical investigations and providing evidence for each one in a folder submitted at the end of the course.

  • Additional Notes

    A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry or veterinary science, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement subjects such as sports science and psychology and the transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving and the ability to analyse and evaluate are also useful for many other areas such as law.

  • Further Information

    Support is provided for those interested in applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or Biomedical degrees including: expert speakers: UCAS admissions support: UKCAT / BMAT preparation advice: university visits and work experience.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Heather Randles

Heather Randles

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Geology
Previous Institution: Mary Webb School

I chose Biology because it links up really well with my other chosen subjects and it will hold me in good stead for going to university to study paramedic sciences so that I can become a Paramedic.

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