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Biology A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

The AS Level course is one year and can be two year if students progress on to the A Level course. 
How can I find out more information?
Viist the Pearson website.
Contact Name: Insa Rauf Subject Coordinator - Biology
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Course content

The AS Level covers Microscopy, Cells, Biochemistry, Transport in Animals
and Plants, Biochemistry, Health, Biodiversity, Classification and Evolution. The second year completes the full A Level, with topics such as Communication, Homeostasis and Energy, Excretion, Biotechnology and Gene Technologies, Genetics, Ecosystems and Responding to the Environment.
You will also work towards passing the Biology practical endorsement by carrying out regular practical work in class.
Hours of Lessons per Week: 5 Usual Class Size: 20

Entry requirements

A dedicated, motivated and hard-working individual who has a high interest in Biology
should study the course.
Students need six GCSEs at grade A*-C, including a grade B in English Language and Maths and in addition one of the following: a grade B in both Core and Additional
Science or a grade B in Biology.


By externally set and marked examinations in the summer examination series.
The practical endorsement is a non-exam assessment which is achieved by meeting a
set of twelve practical skills that are assessed by the teacher during the course.

Future opportunities

Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), particularly in Healthcare, Medicine and jobs involving plants or animals.
Some of these include: Nursing, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Botany, Environmental Science, Zoology, Geology, Oceanography, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Teaching, Science Writing, Genetics and Research.

Further information

Viist the Pearson website.
Contact Name: Insa Rauf Subject Coordinator - Biology
Contact Email:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: BIAS-DJS118
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