Overview

Biology is a tremendously varied and enjoyable subject, enabling students to develop valuable knowledge and skills.

The course is designed to provide a grounding and real-life contextualisation of all aspects of Biology including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Ecology, Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Students develop their biological knowledge through a variety of means: interactive tasks, independent learning, group work and laboratory practicals. There is no compulsory dissection.

What goes well with this course?

  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Health & Social Care

Progression

A Biology qualification can lead to a host of opportunities and not just in the medical field. Biotechnology is a fast expanding area that requires enthusiastic Biologists. Our fragile Earth needs scientists to develop new technologies to ensure we can provide for future generations.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Inheritance
  • Biodiversity, Conservation, Evolution
  • Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Muscles and the Nervous System

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Students are also expected to take part in a mandatory field trip that typically costs in the region of £160 to £180.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Biology A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A field-trip in the second year to Juniper Hall, Dorking.  This provided students with the opportunity to learn sampling techniques in Woodland, Grassland and Fresh Water Ecology
  • The chance to work as a Nuffield Science placement student
  • Visits to Biology in Action, Biology Live and the New Scientist exhibition in London
  • An Animal Encounter experience at Merrist Wood, Guildford

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

Biology A Level is assessed through 100% examinations and follows the Pearson Edexcel Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) specification.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum combination of GCSE grades:  

  • Grade 6 in Maths (Higher Tier), 5 in English Language and 6 in Biology or 6, 6 in Combined Science

Students will enjoy this course and be successful if they:

  • Have a genuine interest in the living world
  • Work hard and maintain a high level of commitment to their studies
  • Have the confidence to develop into independent learners
  • Enjoy researching new ideas and concepts and remembering them to a high level of detail
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Students should be good at working with numbers and enjoy problem solving with unfamiliar scenarios.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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