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Biology GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is literally the study of life and you should study this subject if you are interested in how living things work. Biology is an exciting and fast moving science, with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in genetics and in the fight against disease, both of which are studied here.

Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Four – Populations and Environment

You will study ecosystems and how humans affect ecosystems both directly and indirectly. You will carry also carry out fieldwork locally.

Unit Five – Control in Cells and in Organisms

You will study how organisms are able to control the activities of their bodies, and how cells control their activities using the genome. The medical and technological applications of sequencing and manipulation of DNA are covered.

Entry requirements

• At least grades BB in GCSE Science or a B in Biology, along with a grade C in GCSE Maths. Applied Science does not provide a suitable grounding for the study of pure science at A-level. • Determination to succeed. Biology is a difficult subject, with many concepts and a lot of scientific terminology to master. It is not a subject to take as a fourth AS level, because you think it might be the ‘easy’ science. • An enquiring mind and the discipline to read and think about the subject outside of lessons. • The ability to apply your knowledge to new situations. This is one of the main skills needed for success in the exams.


There are examinations in January and June. Unit 1 is assessed by a 1.25 hour exam Unit 2 is assessed by a 1.75 hour exam Unit 3 is a practical skills unit worth 20% Unit 4 is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam Unit 5 is assessed by a 2.25 hour exam Unit 6 is a practical skills unit worth10% In addition throughout the course you will be set tasks and homework to check your learning and understanding and there will be regular formal assessments.

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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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years