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Biology A Level at Havant Sixth form College

Course description

A Level Biology will help you make sense of the living world around you. You’ll study the biology of plants and animals, human health and performance and the wider natural environment. You can progress to study a wide variety of courses at university, from agriculture to zoology. For medicine, it remains important. 

Course content

Many of the topics you will study at A Level will sound familiar to you, for example: cells, DNA and mitosis exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease. In your Second Year, your topics will include nerves and hormones, respiration and photosynthesis, the kidney, ecology, genetics and cloning.

Entry requirements

Normal College requirements, to include at least GCSE Grade 4 or above in English, GCSE grade 6 or above in Maths and Science plus GCSE Grade 6 or above in an additional Science.


By written exams. At the end of your Second Year you will sit three exams: biological processes, biological diversity and unified biology. Each exam will test your knowledge of the content as well as your ability to interpret data and experimental design. There is also a practical endorsement which is not part of your overall grade but is a separate certificate.

Future opportunities

Biology A Level is welcomed by all universities for a whole range of courses.

Many of our students go on to related degrees in subjects such as: biology, medicine, veterinary science, nursing, midwifery, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, audiology, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics, paramedic science, marine biology, ecology, forensic science, genetics, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacy, pharmacology, zoology, equine science, agriculture and sport science.

Further information

Our location offers lots of opportunities for fieldwork. We visit Sussex and Portsmouth universities to use their equipment. We enter the Biology Olympiad, invite guest speakers to give talks and visit places like the Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens, the National Oceanography Centre and the Royal Society. You’ll also have the chance to take Open University modules as extensions to your regular studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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