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Biology at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

Biology is the natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.

Course content

3.1 Biological Molecules
Students will study the biochemistry shared by all life on Earth.
3.2 Cells
Students will study the structure of different types of cells, in particular, that of the cell surface membrane and its role in cell signalling, communication, recognition and immunity.
3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Students will be studying how the internal environment of a cell or organism is different from its external environment.
3.4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Students will be examining biological diversity and how differences between species reflect genetic differences.
3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
Students will study photosynthesis and respiration.
3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Students study the nervous system and how responses to changes in the internal or external environment are coordinated.
3.7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Students study inheritance, variation in populations and natural selection.
3.8 The control of gene expression
Students will study how cells are able to control their metabolic activities by regulating transcription and translation of their genome.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

Achieve a grade 6 in combined GCSE Science or GCSE Biology.


Paper 1

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 91 marks: 76 marks - a mixture of short and long answer questions; 15 marks - extended response questions

• 35% of A Level

Paper 2

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 91 marks: 76 marks - a mixture of short and long answer questions; 15 marks - comprehensive question

• 35% of A Level

Paper 3

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 78 marks: 38 marks - structured questions, including practical techniques; 15 marks - critical analysis of given experimental data; 25 marks - one essay from a choice of two titles

• 30% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Students could also use it for careers in research or if industry.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 06 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September