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Biology - A Level at Bolton Sixth Form College

Course description

Studying Biology opens up the opportunity to live a thousand lifestyles. Do you want to wear wellies, work outside and be the next David Attenborough? Or would you prefer wearing a white coat, working in a laboratory and finding cures to some of the world’s diseases and illnesses? Would you like to tackle problems working as part of a team or individually? Biology can lead to any of these combinations. Whilst studying Biology you will also develop skills similar to those required of any professional in any other field, i.e. time management, research, presenting and being able to defend your work under scrutiny.

Course content

Year one of the specification begins by building on work covered at GCSE, looking at biological molecules, cells and how organisms exchange substances with their environment. This then leads on to studying genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Year two builds on year one work, covering energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments. This then leads on to studying genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

You may have the opportunity to sit a separate AS qualification at the end of the first year. This will be taught alongside the first year of the A Level course but will be a stand-alone qualification.

There is a compulsory one day fieldtrip which is part of the 12 assessed practical assessments and costs will therefore be met by the College. Students need to bring basic stationary and a calculator to all lessons, be punctual, engaged and ready to learn. We also expect you to commit to at least 4 or 5 hours per week outside of lesson to be spent on independent learning which may include, homework, reading, research and revision for this subject.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have at least two GCSEs at grade 6, English Language at grade 5 and the remainder no less than grade 4. If you studied Double Award or Combined Science, you will be expected to have a double grade 6 in Science and grade 6 in Mathematics (higher grade tier). If you studied separate sciences, you will be expected to have GCSE grade 6 in Biology, grade 6 from Chemistry or Physics and grade 6 in Mathematics. 


This Biology A Level is a linear course with all external exams at the end of the two year course.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

A level Biology can lead to numerous exciting career opportunities such as physiotherapy, optometry, audiology, biomedical sciences, ecology, genetics, dentistry, medicine, environmental sciences, teaching. 

Further information

Please visit the College website or email for further course information.

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: 18 September 2018
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