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Biology A and AS Level *Fees Payable* at DLD College

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics; from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammals.

A-level Biology is available as a two-year or a one-year course, depending on prior learning. It is taught through a combination of practical and theory sessions, using interactive materials to bring up-to-the- minute information into lessons.



Course content

Teaching of a new A-level specification began in September 2015. In the first year of this specification you’ll study four main topics: “Biological molecules”, “Cells”, “Organisms exchange substances with their environment” and “Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.” Most students will take the AS exams at the end of their first year, even if they plan on completing the full A-level course. 

In your second year you will build on this solid foundation of biological knowledge. The four topics you will study are “Energy transfer”, “Organisms respond the changes in their environment”, “Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems” and “The control of gene expression”. 

Over the course of these two years you will be carrying out a minimum of twelve practical assessments. Your practical skills will earn you a ‘practical endorsement’ from the exam board and will be tested in the written exams.



Entry requirements

An interest in the living world and a desire to discover more about it

Enthusiasm to study Biology in much greater depth than you did at GCSE level

Grade C or above in GCSE Biology, Dual Award Science or equivalent qualification



To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study, students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall, must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.


AS Exams

Paper 1

Written exam (1hr 30 min)  50% of AS Level

Paper 2

Written exam (1hr 30 min)  50% of AS Level


A Level Exams

Paper 1 

Written exam (2 hours)  35% of A Level

Paper 2

Written exam (2 hours)  35% of A Level

Paper 3 

Written exam (2 hours)  30% of A Level

Future opportunities

Many students go on to a biologically-related degree course such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Marine Biology, Zoology or Forensic Science.

Biotechnology and pharmacology are growing industries employing many Biology graduates. Biologists are vitally important in such areas as food production, ecology and cell biology. Others choose careers as diverse as law, computing, accounting or teaching.

The skills of experimentation, logical analysis and evaluation learned in Biology have uses that transcend subject boundaries and are helpful in many career areas.

Further information

The one-year course is popular with graduates who want to apply for medicine or dentistry, as well as students who may have taken A or AS level Biology before and are seeking to improve their grade. The one-year group has more teaching time per week.

In addition to these courses, any student applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry has the opportunity to join ‘Medsoc’ which helps to prepare students for all aspects of their application.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact DLD College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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