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Biology A Level at Sandwell College

Course description

Biology is a vital subject for anyone who is thinking of working in health care, pharmaceuticals, the food industry, environmental science and a wide range of other careers. Biology is the science of life. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either. The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 30 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues.

Course content

Biology A Level is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level.

The modules can be summarised as:

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

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have five GCSEs A*-C in academic subjects including English and Maths. In order to do Biology you must have either a Grade B in Biology and in Chemistry or BB in Double Science. You must also have an average of five B grades (30 points) in your best five academic subjects.

In order to progress from AS to A2 you will need to have a D grade at AS.


Both AS and A Level Biology are assessed through a series of written examinations. There is no course work involved.

AS Level: AS Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from Modules 1 to 4

A Level: A Level Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
A Level Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
A Level Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

Future opportunities

The study of biology is useful in a wide range of careers such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, biomedical science, biological sciences, marine biology, nutrition, chiropractic, physiotherapy and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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