Accessibility links

Biology A Level at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is the fastest growing and most popular Science. It has been at the forefront in protecting the environment and in the leading developments in agriculture and health.

The course allows students to see the impact of Biology on their daily lives and helps them make informed decisions as we move into the twenty first century. The course moves from the microscopic to the whole-planet view of living organisms. It touches on all the major biological disciplines with the emphasis on applied knowledge.

What goes well with this course?
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Psychology

Course content

A Level qualification (duration 2 years)

A Level is made up of 4 compulsory theory components.

  • Component 1 - Lifestyles, Transport, Genes and Health
  • Component 2 - Development, Plants and the Environment
  • Component 3 - The Natural Environ­ment and Species Survival
  • Component 4 - Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum combination of GCSE grades, either:  

  • Grade 6 in Maths, 5 in English Language and Grade 6, 6 in both Core and Additional Science or Biology  Grade 6, or
  • Grade 5 in Maths and English Language and Grade 6, 7 in Core and Additional Science or a Grade 7 in Biology

Students will enjoy this course and be successful if they:

  • Have a genuine interest in the living world
  • Are committed and work hard
  • Enjoy researching new ideas
  • Have good problem solving and communication skills

Students should be good at problem solving and working with numbers.


The Biology course is 100% exam based, although the A Level requires a Scientific Practical Endorsement.

The A Level qualification is made up of 3 examinations, which are all taken at the end of the two year course.

  • The Natural Environment and Species Survival worth 33% (2 hr written exam) covering components 1,2 and 3.
  • Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination worth 33% (2hr written exam) covering components 1, 2 and 4.
  • Synoptic paper called General and Practical Appli­cations in Biology worth 33% (2hr written exam) covering all four theory compo­nents.

In addition, at A Level, a record is produced of the student’s observed practical skills as either Pass or Fail; this is recorded in the certificate but does not contribute to the overall grade.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Future opportunities

A Biology qualification is ideal for degree courses such as: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Nutrition, Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Horticulture, Agriculture, Sports Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
Provider logo

Key information