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Start date: 01/09/2018 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 2 years
Course length: 2 years
Qualifications: A'Level
Code: 77873
Cost: N/A

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A Level Biology

Full time course


Biology is the science of life. Studying biology will give you a thorough understanding of biological principles involved in many areas such as genetic engineering, critical data analysis, plant structure and biodiversity. This can lead to many exciting career opportunities in the varied fields of medicine, genetics, healthcare, forensics, sports science and environmental science.

What will I study?

The first year of the Biology course builds on prior knowledge from GCSEs, giving learners a broad yet detailed approach to the discipline. Learners will build on their knowledge by examining topics such as evolution, photosynthesis, homeostasis and gene technology.

Year 1:

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in Biology
  • Module 2 - Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3 - Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease Year 2:
  • Module 5 - Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

What do I need to join?

At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths, Core and additional Science grades BB or 2 B grades out of the triple sciences.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I learn?

You will learn in a variety of ways, including lectures, independent study/research, practical work and presentations. The course consists of the in-depth study of a range of topics and involves the acquisition and application of knowledge, data interpretation, practical investigations and good competency in Maths at higher level GCSE. The course requires independent study to supplement work done in class.

How will I know how I am doing?

The course is assessed by examination, including both practical and written components.

Are there any extra costs?

You may be expected to purchase a text book.

What do I need to join?

To join the full time A Level Programme you need at least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–5 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths.
In addition for A Level Biology you need either Combined Science grade 9-6 or Core and Additional Science grades BB or grades 9-6 in 2 out of GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

What can I do next?

An A Level in Biology, together with other A Levels, will enable you to follow a variety of courses at university, such as biochemistry, ecology, environmental science, medicine, midwifery, physiotherapy, veterinary sciences and zoology. It has often proved to be an interesting and useful subject for those considering teaching, nursing, physiotherapy and laboratory work.


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Dates & Costs

A Level Biology

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 2 years
Course length: 2 years
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: A'Level
Code: 77873
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 and over you can apply for a new Advanced Learning Loan for this course. Read more.


Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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