A-Levels - A Level Biology (ALV1) at Barnsley College
If you are fascinated by how your body works and curious to know more about the interactions of living organisms then this is the course for you.
Biology is an experimental subject which provides opportunities to use practical activities to link theory to real life situations.
It combines well with other science subjects as well as Maths, Psychology and PE.
The topics studied will build on prior learning at GCSE level and will cover a whole range of fundamental biological concepts applied to different situations to make the content interesting, relevant and current.
The main topic areas studied are: biological molecules, cells, exchange of substances between organisms and their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, DNA Technology and the control of gene expression.
We generally ask for an Attainment 8 score of 5.5 or above (including a 5 or above in English and maths). However, we will discuss entry requirements with you at interview so please come and talk to us!
We would prefer GCSE Grade 5 or above in Biology and another science or two Grade 5s or above in Combined Science. Plus GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics.
Assessment is by examination. The Practical Endorsement is teacher assessed.
If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.
You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*
You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267
FREE bus services!
We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.
Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus
Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus
South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus
Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus
These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:
This A Level lays the groundwork for further study in a range of courses across the biology spectrum, including zoology, ecology, genetics, nursing, biomedical sciences and medicine and it is accepted as an appropriate A Level for many other degree level courses.
Additional Learning Support
Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.
We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123
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.