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Biology A Level at St Joseph's College

Course description

Biology is a popular subject choice at A-level and can set you up for a Biology-related degree with career prospects in areas such as Medicine and Clinical science, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Veterinary medicine, Microbiology, Biomedical sciences, Forensic science, Laboratory research, scientific journalism, Sports science, Food safety control and development, and Field and conservation work. Biology is also a prerequisite subject for degrees such as Medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences and pharmacology. A level Biology as a subject is highly valued by universities and thus is one of the facilitating subjects that strengthen your chances of being admitted to top universities.

Biology students demonstrate advanced skills in maths, such as the ability to analyse and explain complex trends in data, and English, including the ability to be able to read and interpret scientific text. Biology complements all subject disciplines at A-level, particularly Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Course content


  • Development of practical skills
  • Foundations in Biology
  • Exchange and transport
  • Biodiversity, evolution and diseases
  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

  • 6+ in GCSE Biology (if studied)
  • 6/6 in Core and Additional science (if studied)
  • 6+ in GCSE Maths and English


Paper 1: Biological processes (2h 15m) 100 marks

Paper 2: Biological diversity (2h 15m) 100 marks

Paper 3: Unified Biology (1h 30m) 70 marks

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years