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Biology A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

The course allows you to explore the following topics:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  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

Together with these topics are embedded core practical’s which you will log in a log book.

Entry requirements

Students need to have grade B or above in GCSE science and have grade C / Level 5 or above in English and Maths.


  • 3 papers Paper 1 35%, Paper 2 35%, Paper 3 30%

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Future opportunities

According to, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Biology are:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology
  • Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry.

Studying Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

  • Clinical molecular geneticist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor.

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What other students have said about the course

"If you enjoy Biology at GCSE then it's worth studying at A-Level as the 'Human' aspect of the course is very enjoyable and fascinating, in my opinion"

"One of the hardest and challenging subjects I have taken on but I have gained so many skills"

"Perceived easy but it is a hard subject, you have to keep on top of your independent study"

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • At the Jo Richardson School, our motto “Success for All” underpins everything that we do at the school and puts the students’ achievements at the centre of our vision.  We have a commitment to the highest academic standards combined with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities offered to all our students.

      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.