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Biology AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The fascinating and complex study of Biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and use the theory you learn to design and carry out various experiments.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • lifestyle-related risks to health
  • genetic disease
  • the genome
  • plants and biodiversity
  • environment and survival Nj energy, exercise and co-ordination

On the course you will:

  • undertake practical laboratory work including using a high-powered microscope
  • visit conferences, museums and scientific organisations
  • attend field trips to study different ecosystems

Entry requirements

You will need to have averaged B grades across the majority of your GCSEs, including BB for Science or BBB minimum in triple Science and at least a grade B for Mathematics.

Biology is a challenging A-level, you will need to demonstrate strong academic ability. If you are studying GCSE applied science, you will not be able to take Science A-levels but could study level 3 BTEC in medical science (applied science) or level 3 BTEC in forensic science (applied science).


You will be assessed by written examinations and internally assessed practicals throughout the course. We follow the Salters-Nuffield syllabus for Biology which explores the issues behind science as well as the science itself

Future opportunities

After completing the course, you will be able to progress to university to study a wide range of subjects. You will need a high grade in A-level Biology if you wish to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy or other medicine-related degrees at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NewVIc directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.