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Biology at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

Biology answers how, why and where reactions occur in living things and begins to uncover the secrets of managing disease and controlling pests. Practical work is at the heart of the course and allows us to study exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the ecosystems, and begin to use our knowledge to explain how drugs work. Biology helps us understand aspects of human biology and the importance of using DNA technology to solve global problems such as antibiotic resistance, AIDS, and how we affect our ecosystems. Dissection is optional, but great! Each summer students are invited to study ecological systems abroad - this helps consolidate topics studied throughout the course. Many of our students have continued their interest in Biology at university but others study unrelated subjects using skills learned during this course. Chemistry is an ideal companion subject for biologists but this is not essential.

Course content

Year 1 Course: The four main units of study are:


-1. Biological molecules.

-2. Cells.

-3. How organisms exchange substances with their environment.

-4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between   organisms.


The first paper (covered in Year 12) has short answer questions and has either a comprehension question or an extended writing question (like the six mark questions at GCSE). Skills tested include a critical awareness of current social and environmental issues and an understanding and respect for living things, analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills and practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate data. The practical work tested will be based on six core experiments which all students will carry out. It is also worth noting that a strong mathematical ability is required to excel at this subject.


Year 2 Course: Students will complete a further six required practicals and build on the topics learnt in the first year, as well as learning four new units:


-5. Energy transfers in and between organisms.

-6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.

-7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

-8. The control of gene expression.

Assessment comes in the form of three exam papers. 35% paper on units 1-4, 35% paper on units 5-8 and a 30% synoptic exam on the entire course including a 25 mark essay.

Entry requirements

A GCSE average score of 5 or above, including at least two 6's in Science (including Biology if separate sciences have been taken) and at least  a 5 in Maths


100% exam + practical skills certificate

Future opportunities

Nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, zoology, pharmacology, biochemistry, ecology, forensic science, teaching

Further information

Course Leader:


Mr J Medley

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years