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Biology A Level at Chichester College

Course description

Biology is the scientific study of life itself. It involves knowledge of the wide range of living things and an understanding of the life processes that they all share in common. These processes, collectively termed metabolism, enable species to survive in their environment, to reproduce and to evolve. Biology involves a general foundation in all these processes and includes a specialised module on Human Health and Disease. At Chichester we study the OCR syllabus.

Course content

At Chichester you will study the OCR syllabus. The course is divided into five modules. Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology Module 2: Foundations in biology Module 3: Exchange and transport Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. The practical skills are delivered in an embedded style throughout the two years of the course and are assessed through a Practical Endorsement component which requires each student to competently undertake 12 practical assessments. While the Practical Endorsement is a non exam component, students will be credited with a pass/fail depending upon level of competency. Students should note that there is a significant Level 2 maths requirement embedded within the 2 year specification and students will be expected to continually work on developing their mathematical skills. 

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSE's at grade A* to C including English Language, a minimum 2 grade B's in Biology and a second Science or Double science and a grade C in Maths.


The content of the five taught modules are assessed through three written papers at the end of the two year linear course: Biological Processes, Biological Diversity and Unified Biology. You will be assessed at the end of year one to see if you can progress to year two. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website.

Future opportunities

This course provides a suitablefoundation for students who wish to
study Biology other Science related courses in Higher Education. It is a
requirement for those wanting to study medicine.

Further information

You will have access to a wide range of equipment within our labs,
predominantly focusing on practical skills within the assessed practical
component of the course. Our lecturers are well qualified and
supported by a team of technicians.Fully equipped laboratories.
You will require a lab coat for every practical session. These can be
ordered and purchased through the college at the start of the course.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016
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    • Chichester is our main campus; right in the heart of the city, with lovely views of the Cathedral, across beautiful areas of parkland. Although relatively small, Chichester still has all the entertainment facilities you’d expect from much larger cities, such as cinemas, a leisure/sports centre, swimming pool, golf courses, a bowling alley, sports clubs, galle