About The Course
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either; the human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya, 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia, the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology, and the work they do is vital to us all.
What Will I Study?
Topics covered can include:
- Biological molecules
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- The control of gene expression
What Will I Need?
You will need:
- Three GCSEs at grade 5 or above plus two further GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language
- If your English Language GCSE is at grade 4, one of your three GCSEs at grade 5 or above must be a literary subject (e.g. English Literature, History, Business Studies, Sociology, Geography)
- GCSE Maths and GCSE Science at grade 6 or above
- A reference from your previous school/college
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
How Will I Be Assessed?
During the 1st year there will be 5 formal internal assessments which you will need to pass in order to progress into the 2nd year. At the end of the 2nd year there are three public examinations. You will also need to complete a practical endorsement assessment.
What Will It Cost?
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
What Can I Do After?
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.