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Biology A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

Students will learn a variety of skills that not only develop their biological knowledge but their ability to plan and conduct experiments, collecting accurate data, analysing data and evaluating information.

Biology at S6C is taught in new purpose built labs. The course involves lots of practical work which prepares students for the studying of science at university.  The practical work is carefully planned to meet the practical endorsement certificate which is an essential part of the course.

Course content

During the first year students will study anatomy such as the heart and relevant disease such as cardiovascular disease, genetics, cell structure, and cell division, ecology, and classification of species which are combined with modern areas of scientific study such as the role of stem cells, gene therapy and gene testing.

The second year of study builds on the knowledge developed in the first year and looks in more depth at ecosystems, immunity and infections, forensic techniques, respiration and the anatomy of muscles, the structure and function of different areas of the brain.

Student trips for biology include a gene technology trip and an ecology conference at Marwell zoo.  We are always looking to expand the trips that we offer.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade B or above in GCSE Biology.

If you have not studied separate sciences, Science Core and Additional need to have a minimum of a grade B (where the exam scores are a B grade).  

GCSE Maths must be a grade 6 or above and GCSE English must be a grade 5 or above.


The A level course is examined through three end of year exams, two of which are based on the course content and the third is to examine their knowledge of practical techniques and evaluating evidence.

The exams will contain questions that test the candidates mathematical skills, these questions will be worth 10% of the grade.


Future opportunities

The Biology A Level covers a wide range of biological topics and provides a good grounding for studying a variety of biological degrees at university. These might include a degree in medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, environmental biology and many more courses.

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What our students think

“Biology at S6C is thoroughly enjoyable because the course has a wide variety from how the circulatory system functions to how plant adaptations occur. The lessons are fun and interactive with plenty of practicals and variation. There’s something for everyone on this course”.

Selina, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School

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: 12 September 2016
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    • S6C will have a brand new purpose built College on Tollgate Road ready for September 2015. For September 2014 we are located in Wiltshire College in a dedicated area which has been refurbished specifically for our students.