Biology - A Level Intensive

Start Date: 5 September 2022
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Part Time
Location: King's Cross Centre
Suitable for: Adult Learners (19+)

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
  • Cells
  • 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?

For applicants aged under 18, the standard A Level programme will normally be recommended, however, applicants aged 18 and over will be considered for the A Level Intensive if they already have a proven record of achievement at advanced level. 

To study this A Level Intensive, 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 take an entry test and have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

How Will I Be Assessed?

During the year there will be formal internal assessments which you will need to pass in order to be entered into the final three public written examinations. You will also need to complete a practical endorsement assessment.

What Will It Cost?


If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. 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.


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