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Biology A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Biology is a course that develops essential knowledge and understanding of humans and other living organisms, along with vital practical and study skills. You will look at cell biochemistry, DNA technology, genetics, physiology and the interactions of humans with their environment. You will be made aware of recent advances, be able to discuss the value and responsible use of biology in society and have the opportunity to sustain and develop your enjoyment of science.

Course content

  • Biological molecules.
  • Cells.
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment.
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
  • Energy transfers between organisms.
  • Organisms respond to change in their internal and external environments.
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
  • The control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including double B in higher tier Science GCSE, or at least B in Biology plus another B in a single science, and grade B in higher tier maths. Many people on this course will have achieved significantly above this minimum level.


There are three exams tjken at the end of the course. A combination of short and long answer questions, analysis of data, and comprehension exercises.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year  as a measure of your progress.  

Future opportunities

Biology provides you with the essential skills to continue to a variety of higher education courses or types of employment. Many students progress to courses such as Medicine, Physiotherapy, Veterinary Science, Exercise Science and Nursing; others pursue scientific careers by combining Biology with other science A Levels, for example in the pharmaceutical industry. Frequently students may go on to completely different careers such as law or business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016
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