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Biology A Level at Guildford College

Course description

Biology is the study of the processes of life in human, plant and animal form. Topics include: lifestyle, transport, genes and health; development, plants and the environment; practical biology, research skills, the natural environment and species survival, energy, exercise and coordination; practical biology and investigative skills.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Course content

  • lifestyle
  • transport
  • genes and health
  • development
  • plants and the environment
  • practical biology
  • research skills
  • the natural environment and species survival
  • energy
  • exercise and coordination
  • practical biology and investigative skills.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or above including Maths and English Language and BB in Double Science or B in Biology.


Exams and practical tasks. You will also be expected to complete regular homework assignments and periodic tests. Progress tests and mock exams must be passed to continue the course.

Future opportunities

Degree in biology, biological science, human ecology, marine biology, botany, zoology or genetics.

Possible careers in biology, the environment, biotechnology, genetics and forensics, medicine or veterinary practice.

Further information

This course goes well with chemistry, physics, geography, maths and psychology.

Field trips to local woodlands, parks and Merrist Wood, lectures and conferences aid learning.

Please bring paper, pens, ruler and calculator to the first class. Purchase of a course texbook is a requirement of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 June 2016
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