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Biology - GCE A Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

This course offers a broad, modern, contextual and challenging approach to the study of A Level Biology. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge starting with the fundamental principles of biology. The topics covered will enable students to develop both depth and breadth of understanding of the biological world. Topics range from the fundamentals of genetics and inheritance, the human immune system, physiology, evolution and biochemistry, culminating in the study of how all this knowledge is currently being applied in modern scientific research. Students will also study genetic engineering, gene regulation and expression in the fields of oncology and epigenetics. An understanding of the scientific method is developed and built upon through practical lessons which are essential for anyone wishing to go on a study science at university.

Course content

Cells; Biological Molecules; Exchange And Transport; Genetics

Energy Transfer; Homeostasis; Genetics, Populations And Ecosystems; Control Of Gene Expression

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in Biology or 6,6 Combined Science, with Grade 6 or above in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements



Paper 1 35%,

Paper 2 35%,

Paper 3 30%


Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day.

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

The study of biology at A Level is suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in any biological or health-related field. Previous students have gone on to study and establish careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing, teaching, biomedical science, forensic science and sports science.

Further information

If you have an enthusiasm for biology, then this is the course for you. To be successful on this course you need to be an effective communicator, efficient team member and have an aptitude for scientific analysis. If you are motivated to push your knowledge of biology and have a determined attitude towards independent study then you will succeed.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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