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Biology A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

Biology is the study of how our bodies work and what makes the natural world tick, right down to the DNA of every living thing. 

It explains the delicate balance of the planet, how life is connected and is at the forefront of study into preventing and curing disease. To study biology is to study the stuff of life. In this course you’ll look at the modern applications of biology, particularly human biology. 

It will give you a solid foundation if you’d like to pursue a career in biological, medical, environment or sports sciences. You can use it as a stepping stone to higher education courses in biochemistry, biomedical science, dentistry, medicine, midwifery or nursing, as well as optometry, physiotherapy and pharmacology.

Course content

Biology is the study of life in all its forms. It combines problem solving with practical skills and enables you to develop a scientific approach to the subject. Biology complements arts, humanities and other science A Level subjects. 

The first year will focus on many of the fundamentals of biology: biological molecules, transport in and out of cells, cell structure and organisation, enzymes, DNA replication, protein synthesis, mutations and patterns of inheritance, evolution, adaptation and animal and plant physiology. 

The second year will build on these by applying them to other important aspects of biology: photosynthesis and respiration, speciation, forensics, microbiology, diseases and immunology, muscle structure, the effects of exercise and drugs on the body and the nervous system. 

Throughout the two year course mathematical skills will be developed and laboratory skills will be assessed through a number of core practical activities.

Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including at least grade B or above in GCSE Additional Science and grade B in GCSE Maths. If you have studied the 3 separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), you’ll need at least one grade B.


You’ll undertake a combination of examinations and coursework.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a related higher education course such as biochemistry, biomedical science, dentistry, medicine, midwifery or nursing.

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • The original High Pavement Grammar School was established in 1788 and it wasn't until 1975 that it turned from grammar school into a sixth form centre. In 1999 the centre merged with New College Nottingham and since then has occupied a prime position on the edge of Nottingham Trent University's City campus, giving our A Level students a real insight into University life, before they've even got there.

      High Pavement is home to ncn's A Level courses and with 30 or so to choose from, our students have variety and choice, as well as great on site facilities, fantastic tutors and amazing opportunities during their time with us. Overseas trips, one-to-one support with UCAS personal statements and guest speakers from the UK's top Universities are the norm here at High Pavement and that's why our students tell us time and time again that coming to High Pavement has opened their mind to opportunities and experiences they never knew existed.