A Level in Biology

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    September 2023


The A level in Biology is a two year course with AS being awarded after the first year. Upon successful completion of the AS level in Biology, you can then progress on to the second year to study the A2 qualification. Completing both years will achieve the full A level qualification.

Whether it's cells or the biological molecules that underpin all life, the genetics that give us our individuality, the ecosystems that cover the world or the homeostatic mechanisms that keep us alive, the A level in Biology is for anyone with an interest in the study of living things, and perhaps a future career involving biology.

What will I do?

The A level in Biology is a blend of academic study, investigative science, and practical work, which will equip you with a command of scientific vocabulary, the mathematical skills required to handle biological data, and the techniques to select and investigate your hypotheses.

In your first year of the A level in Biology, you will study your AS. This can be a standalone qualification. In your second year, you will study your A2. On successful completion you will be awarded the full A level in Biology.

Over the course, you will study four units:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

You will study in three recently refurbished laboratories, including new equipment for the study of polymerase chain reaction, centrifuges, spectrometers and dissection.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Biology A level are five GCSEs at grades 5 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English and Maths at grades 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above) or equivalent.

The A level in Biology will take you two years to complete. You will attend college for a minimum of four days a week.

The A level in Biology is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

Aged 19+.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost £2225.
Year 1, AS Level - £811.
Year 2, A Level - £1414.

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE should you be eligible under one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over, and earning less than £18,525
  • Aged 19 or over, and currently unemployed and receiving JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Aged 19 or over and do not currently hold a Level 3 qualification

Alternatively, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

During the A Level in Biology you will be assessed through written examinations.

At the end of the two academic years you will be assessed by three exams.

You will have a Personal Tutor to help guide and support your learning. Information on study skills and access to study support groups is available if required.

Upon successful completion of the first year AS level in Biology, you will progress onto the A2 level in Biology, where you will gain the full A level in Biology qualification. Coupled with other appropriate A levels can lead to a vast range of careers, including but not limited to: biomedical science, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, public health, ecology, pharmaceutical science, optometry, clinical psychology and sport science.

There are no specific costs but students may be asked to contribute towards educational visits and other activities.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

You can download our course guide