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Biology A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

Biology builds upon your knowledge from GCSE science, developing your enthusiasm for and understanding of Biological Science.

Course content

Development of Practical Skills

This covers the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Foundations in Biology

This includes cell structure, biological molecules, including DNA and enzymes, followed by the study biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and organisation.

Exchange and transport

This covers the structure and function of the gas exchange system, and animal and plant transport.

Biodiversity, evolution and disease

You will study communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system followed by biodiversity, classification and evolution.


Communications, homeostasis and energy

This module covers excretion as an example of homeostatic control, the nervous and endocrine systems, plant and animal responses to environmental change, followed by photosynthesis and respiration.


Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

You will study the control of cellular activities, genetics, genome manipulation, cloning and biotechnology.  This is followed by ecosystems, populations and conservation through sustainability. 


Study Visits

Field work, conservation and will include day trips. 

Entry requirements

GCSE Science 6,6 (with a 6 in Biology if taken separately.) Grade 5 Maths.

Minimum average GCSE score required 5.


Written examinations and practical endorsement. 

Financial information

No more than £25 per day trip.

Future opportunities

Routes into Apprenticeships, Higher Education and / or Professional Careers include: Midwifery, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Practice and Micro Biology.

This list is not exhaustive.

Further information

To find out more about this course, visit one of our Open Evenings or speak to your school/college careers staff.

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: 20 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.