Print Page

A-level Biology covers a range of topics, including cells and molecules, and develops your practical and research skills.

If you want to learn more about Biology, this A-level combining theoretical and practical work can increase your understanding. You will also learn theories on the contribution of science to economy and society. You will be taught in our well-equipped laboratories. The course also includes a residential field trip. 

Vocational science route: If you wish to study more practical applied science, you can apply to study our BTEC Level 3 Forensic Science Extended Diploma. Both of these courses incorporate units of study covering Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

This course can be studied as part of the science pathway.

What I'll learn

You will study scientific theory and conduct practical work. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society. 

You will be following the OCR Biology A specification:

First year (AS)

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 – Foundation skills in biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Second Year (A2)

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 – Foundation skills in biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5 – Communications, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems


How I'll learn

Your study will be a combination of practical and theoretical work. You will be taught by our experienced staff in fully-equipped classrooms. Part of your study will involve a live dissection. We will be learning about a diverse range of biological topics through practical experiments and theory.

You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, practical skills, study and presentation skills. You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A-Level students progress successfully to higher education. 

We have many enrichment opportunities on offer. You will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing. For those of you considering a career in healthcare, we arrange for visiting speakers from healthcare professions to come and speak to students.


How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through examinations and a practical endorsement. The examination periods are in May/June. There will be a range of regular homework and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.


Entry Requirements

Minimum of six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4), including English Language and maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering, i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

There are subject specific criteria for some subjects, for this subject you will need GCSE English language grade 5 and GCSE Double Science grade AB and GCSE maths grade 7.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.