Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

The A Level in Biology is particularly suitable for scientists who wish to progress to university to study biological sciences, medicine, biomedical or veterinary sciences, or those who wish to work in the sports or caring professions. It can also be valuable for those with an aspirational interest in science, who just wish to study living things and the world around them at an advanced level.

What does the course involve?

Biology is by definition the study of living organisms and covers a range of topics under the broader headings of:

  • Cells, biological molecules, membranes
  • Transport in plants and animals
  • Classification, evolution biodiversity and disease
  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, biotechnology and the environment

Biology is taught through lectures, demonstrations and practical work. Practical work ranges from microscopic examination of specimens to biochemical and physiological investigations and it supports the theory covered in each module. Emphasis is made of the social, ethical and applied aspects of Biology in relation to the theoretical background, in both national and international contexts. Students will also learn highly valued transferable skills favoured by employers including:

  • Problem solving, research and analysis
  • Aseptic technique, dissection and scientific drawing
  • Teamwork, data collection and presentation and clear communication skills
  • A knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues

What makes this course special?

  • Lessons are held in specialist laboratories
  • Opportunities to attend conferences

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs A* – C or 9 - 5 is required for A level study, including Maths, English and Biology, plus one other science for entry to A level Biology, with a GCSE Biology grade of B/6 or higher.

What are the assessment methods?

Students are regularly assessed on their progress by their teachers, with the formal written examinations being at the end of the course.

How long is the course?

Two years

What are the College attendance requirements?

Six hours of tuition per week in the 1st year and 5 in the second. Students are also expected to complete a significant amount of self-study and set tasks out of the class.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You will be expected to buy a lab coat, in accordance with our safety policy, which can be sourced through the college online store. We will also suggest an appropriate textbook and revision guide for you to acquire.

What are the progression options?

The majority of our Biology students progress to biological or biomedical courses. In the past students leaving this course have, for example, taken degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Marine Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Sports and Health Care, often at Russell Group universities. After graduation, many have also moved into research and higher degree qualifications.

Awarding Body

OCR

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