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Biology A Level at Reading College

Course description

If you want to learn more about Biology then this A-level combining theoretical and practical work can increase your understanding. It covers a range of topics, including cells and molecules, and develops your practical and research skills. You will also learn theories on the contribution of science to the economy and society. You will be taught in our well-equipped laboratories and the course includes a residential field trip. 

Vocational Science Route: If you wish to study more practical applied science you can apply to study either the BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 Applied Science Diplomas. Both of these courses incorporate units of study covering Physics Biology and Chemistry.

This course can be studied as part of the Science Pathway.

Course content

You will study scientific theory and conduct practical work. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society. 

Your study will include the following biological topics: 
• unit 1: Cells exchange and transport
• unit 2: Molecules, biodiversity, food and health
• unit 3: Practical skills in biology
• unit 4: Communication, homeostasis and energy
• unit 5: Control genomes and environment
• unit 6: Practical skills in biology two.

Your Biology AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. 

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing. For those of you considering a career in healthcare we arrange for visiting speakers from healthcare professions to come and speak to students.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs grades A*- C, including a minimum grade B in biology/additional science or maths and a grade C in English Language. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress onto your second year of study.


Your study will be a combination of practical and theoretical work. You will be taught by our experienced staff in fully equipped classrooms. Part of your study will involve a live dissection.


Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact

Future opportunities

This course can lead to future study in the areas of Veterinary and Medical Studies Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences General Biological Plant Animal and Environmental Sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.