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Biology A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is a rapidly developing science at the forefront of some of the most exciting issues in the news today. Ever wondered why plants grow, how your own body works, how conservation projects work? Biology can give you the answers. You will develop your practical and analytical skills through an exciting mix of classroom and lab-based lessons in our university standard Science Centre.

Biology combines well with all subjects and advice is available to help all students to progress to study science at university and to enter a range of science based professions.

Course content

Topics you will study:

  •  Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology
  •  Module 2: Foundations in Biology
  •         Module 3: Exchange and Transport
  •  Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
  •  Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  •  Module 6: Genetics and Ecosystems

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.


Awarding Body: OCR

Assessment: Exam 100%

Results 2016: 98%

Financial information

This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old

Future opportunities

Studying Biology at the Sixth Form College will enable you to pursue a general or a more specialised biology degree at university or even enter the job market directly and train with an employer such as the NHS. Throughout the course you will develop life-long learning skills.

Careers can include: Forensic Scientist, Conservation Biologist, Toxicologist, Geneticist, Environmental Consultant, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Zoologist, Marine Biologist, and Forester

Further information

Since 2000, A Levels have been MODULAR courses, which means that exams have been taken in the first and second year of the course. In the past, the first year, or AS year, has contributed to 50% of the overall A Level grade and the remaining 50% contributed to the overall grade at the end of the second year of study.

From September 2015, Biology will change and become LINEAR. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of two years of study. The philosophy of the reform is that the rigour of A levels will not change and in the main the breadth and depth of content will not change. These changes aim to prepare young people better for the demands of employment and further study. They will give pupils, parents, teachers, universities and employers greater confidence in the integrity and reliability of our qualifications system.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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      Are you a budding young scientist? Get the best preparation for university by studying in our Science Centre. Strengthen your learning through practical experiments and university style lecturing that will enhance your knowledge of the sciences before moving on to study in Higher Education or employment. Located right on the doorstep of the Sixth Form College, the new centre is built on the University Quarter partnership and offers new and exciting ways of learning, access to state-of-the-art facilities and seamless progression through scientific education for people in the region.