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Biology A Level at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is the science of life. It is concerned with the characteristics and behaviours of organisms, how species and individuals come into existence, and the interactions they have with each other and with their environment.


You may need a Biology qualification for your future career, for example if you want to be a doctor, vet, physiotherapist or dentist. The best reason for studying Biology is because it interests you. The majority of the course is suited to those with an interest in Human Biology, but there are also topics that will appeal to those interested in the natural environment, genetics and biotechnology.


The course suits those who like to have facts to learn rather than a more creative approach. There is some practical work, so it helps if you enjoy this. There is also a need to be able to use straightforward mathematical techniques, and to be able to express yourself clearly in written work. 

Course content

The course content is split into six teaching modules:

  1. Development of practical skills in biology
  2. Foundations in biology
  3. Exchange and transport
  4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  5. Communication, homeostasis and energy
  6. Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least grade B in two Science GCSEs, Core Science plus Additional Science, or a grade B in GCSE Biology.

You will need an overall G Score of 5.5 (see below to help work this out).

If you are on target for grade C in your Science GCSE and are keen to study science further you could still do the Applied Biology course. 



The course will be assessed at the end of the two years.  It is expected that each module will be assessed by a written examination.

Students will also have to complete a series of essential practical tasks.

Future opportunities

Biologists go into health-related careers such as becoming Dieticians, Radiographers or Opticians. They may combine Biology with other Life Science subjects, such as Physical Education or Psychology and enter careers in those areas. Forensics and Pharmacology are popular choices for Biology students, but there are many non-vocational degrees in Biology for those who want to study it at degree level but do not have a particular career in mind.

Many degree courses that involve Biology will also require A levels in Mathematics and / or Chemistry. For those students who prefer work–based training, Biology can provide the Science qualification that may be asked for.

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:

  • Bradford University – Biomedical Science / Clinical Sciences(Medicine Foundation)
  • Bristol University - Medicine
  • Derby University – Diagnostic Radiography
  • Hull University University– Zoology / Criminology with Forensic Science
  • Leeds Met University – Criminology / Speech & Language Therapy
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Biology with Study Abroad
  • Manchester University – Biology
  • Newcastle University – Medicine / Biology / Chemical Engineering / Biomedical Sciences / Zoology / Chemical Engineering with Process Control
  • Northumbria University– Biomedical Sciences / Human Nutrition
  • Nottingham University – Environmental Science
  • Sheffield University – Medicine / PE and School Sport
  • Sunderland University – Biopharmaceutical Science / Criminology / Pharmacy
  • Teesside University – Sport & Exercise (Coaching Science)  / Sports Therapy / Biological Sciences / Occupational Therapy / Forensic Psychology / Psychology
  • University College London - Medicine
  • University of Cumbria – Sport & Exercise Science

Further information


There is a lot of work to get through in this subject and students find that they need a high level of commitment to keep up with the work. As well as attending lessons there is additional private study that amounts to about 4 hours per week. In addition to this, students often find that they need to get extra help from teachers between lessons.


Each GCSE grade is given a number of points as outlined below:

  • A* = 8 points                                       A = 7 points                             B = 6 points
  • C = 5 points                                         D = 4 points                             E = 3 points
  • F = 2 points                                         G = 1 point                              U = 0 point

Write down the full GCSE subjects you have taken and the results that you have achieved or hope to gain. Do not include vocational or GCSE short courses. Then add the points together and divide by the number of subjects you have taken to gain an average GCSE score. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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