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Biology AS and A Level at York College

Course description

You enjoy Biology at school and you are doing well at it. You may have a career in mind where A Level Biology is either desirable or obligatory. You may simply be fascinated by living things and how they work. Whichever of the above applies to you, the best reason for studying Biology is because you enjoy it and find it interesting.

Course content

The course comprises of an AS Level (year 1) and an A Level (year 2) section. Students will study the AS Level in their first year at College and if they are successful (at least grade D) they may progress onto the second year and achieve the full A Level.

Year 1 Biology:

• Cells and Microscopy, Water and its importance to plants and animals, Proteins and enzymes, Nucleic acids, The heart and transport systems, Gas exchange
• Cell division and differentiation, Evolution and classification, Pathogenic microorganisms, The immune system, Cancer and diseases

A Level Biology (year 2):

• Cellular respiration, Metabolism and exercise, Human reproduction, Photosynthesis and food production, Managing the environment, Populations, Plant reproduction
• Genetics, Gene technologies, The nervous system, Homeostasis, Blood glucose control, Kidney function

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE which must include English (grade 4) and Maths (grade 4) or above. A grade B in Additional Science or Biology is also required. Additional Applied Science is not suitable preparation for A Level Science. Students studying BTEC Science should consider our Applied Science Level 3 qualification.


At the end of year one there will be two written exams.
At the end of year two there will be three written exams assessing the whole course content
Practical skills will be assessed throughout the two years.

Future opportunities

Biology is particularly valued when supporting applications for degree courses in subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Sports Studies. Past students have progressed to study Biology, Marine Biology, Immunology Medicine, Pharmacy and a wide range of other courses.

Further information

Chemistry, Psychology and Physical Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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