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Biology A Level at St Helens College

Course description

Biology is the science of life. By studying Biology at A level you will develop the skills and knowledge that are crucial to making connections and associations between the matter around you.

You'll have the chance to develop your own hypotheses as you investigate molecules, cells, organisms and genetics.

Course content

During this two year A level, you will study the following:

  • Biological molecules
  • Organisms and how they exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • How energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms and how they respond to changes in internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

In addition to the theoretical aspects of this A level, you will also be assessed on your practical ability in the laboratory. The practical's will equip you with the skills and confidence that you need to investigate the way living things behave and work.

An example of some of the experimental techniques include:

  • Using microscopes to see cell division
  • Dissection of animal or plant systems
  • Investigating activity within cells

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a grade C in English, a grade B in maths and a grade B in higher science such as, separate science, triple science or additional science.


You will be assesed by five exam papers throughout this A level, consisting of short and long answer questions relevant to what you have learned over the two years, including practical techniques and skills.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

Studying A level Biology allows you to go on to study a range of degrees at other universities or at our very own University Centre St Helens, studying FdSc Applied Microbiology, accredited by prestigious university partner University of Chester.

A level Biology is the first step to a range of interesting careers, including clinical molecular geneticist, doctor, veterinarian physician, research scientist, marine biologist and pharmacologist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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