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Biology AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Biology is one of the group of highly regarded A levels preferred by the top universities.  An A level qualification in Biology (often, but not always, in combination with other sciences) opens up a very wide range of exciting career possibilities.

Course content

Cloning, cardiovascular disease, GM food, genetic disorders, global warming, forensics, stem cell research… could you make an informed decision concerning these contemporary issues?

The topics studied will have a substantial human biology bias, so this course is appropriate for those wishing to study Biology or Human Biology.  This course will appeal to students who:

  • Have an interest in human physiology and health issues
  • Appreciate the place of mankind in the natural world
  • Recognise the value and impact of biology in our daily lives
  • Enjoy incorporating both theoretical and practical aspects of topics in their study
  • Want to study a subject that encourages evaluation of lifestyle and informed decision-making

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


Biology A Level qualifications are assessed through examinations - there is no coursework (this is also true of the stand-alone AS level).  Practical work is not assessed but you will be required to apply skills learnt in practicals to answer  examination theory questions.

Future opportunities

Our various visits will provide insights into the way Biology is applied in everyday contexts.  Recent trips have included the Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Marwell Zoo, the Body Worlds Exhibition, Coors Brewery and Portsmouth University Faculty of Sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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