Accessibility links

Biology A Level at Sunderland College

Course description

This course is ideal if you are interested in the biological sciences. If you are enthusiastic and motivated the course will give you an ideal platform from which to launch your career into biomedical sciences, life sciences, forensic science, medicine, dentistry or environmental sciences.


Course content

  • You will study a range of subjects over the two years.

Year 1:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2:

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystem
  • The control if gene expression.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including grade B (or above) in Biology, another Science subject and Mathematics.

If students have not studied separate science subjects then the course requires at least grade B in Core Science and grade B in Additional Science, as well as a grade B in Mathematics.


On this course you will learn through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, practical sessions, discussion activities and external visits. Independent learning skills are essential to your progress and you will develop them through wider reading and practicing past exam questions. At the end of your second year you will sit three exams.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • St Peter’s Campus is our most recent development situated on the banks of the River Wear near the University of Sunderland’s main St Peter’s campus. It provides advanced facilities and resources for our 16 to 19 year old academic and vocational students.

      Designed to improve the learning experience it features fully equipped modern classrooms, a river side refectory and patio, open access IT areas, a large open plan Learning Centre and purpose built science laboratories.