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AS / A Level - Biology at Blackpool Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level Biology is a fascinating and diverse subject which will develop your understanding of the processes which underpin all life on the planet. Rapid developments in genetics mean that there has never been a better time to study this subject. You will be well placed to take advantage of the many new career opportunities in the life sciences and biotechnology.

Course content


AS Biology Year includes:

  • Biology and disease
  • The variety of living organisms
  • Investigative and practical skills in biology

A2 Biology Year includes:

  • Populations and environment
  • Control in cells and in organisms
  • Investigative and practical skills in biology

Entry requirements


Double Award Science* at higher tier (grade B or above) or GCSE Biology plus either GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics (grade B or above). GCSE Maths (grade C or above)

*This must be Core and Additional Science. Students who have taken Core and Applied Science will not be qualified to take this course and should consider one of the BTEC Applied Science courses instead. We strongly advise you take AS Biology with AS Chemistry (many Biology courses at university require Chemistry).


Exams and practical assignments (100% exam based – no coursework)

Exam board: AQA

Future opportunities

Careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, industry, education, medical sciences, environmental sciences, laboratory work and research.

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: 20 May 2014
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      Blackpool Sixth is the Fylde Coast’s leading provider of A levels and BTEC courses.


      With a choice of over 50 advanced level options, specialist teaching and fantastic facilities, Blackpool Sixth gives all its students the perfect springboard to university and great careers.

      Blackpool Sixth’s course range is extremely wide with A levels and BTEC options. Students are able to put together a programme which exactly matches their interests and future ambitions.

      Summer 2012 saw the completion of a £23.7 million development to our campus which has created an excellent learning environment for students.

      In 2011 we were awarded Teaching School status in partnership with Hodgson Academy. The the Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance will take a national and regional lead in both shaping and delivering the training and professional development of current and future generations of teachers. Working with high quality graduates and educational leaders of the future will enable us to maintain and improve our teaching standards to the benefit of all our students.