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Biology A Level at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

UNITS Development of Practical Skills in Biology Foundations in Biology Exchange & Transport Biodiversity, Evolution & Disease Communication, Homeostasis & Energy Genetics, Evolution & Ecosystems

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and laboratories to develop a deep understanding of biological principles such as disease and how it affects the body systems. You will study the basic physiological systems and examine how they are affected by disease processes, as well as learning about the variety of living organisms. You will undertake a vast amount of practical experiments in our fully equipped laboratories as well as e-learning, field work and liaising with other institutions.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths. One of these GCSEs should be in GCSE Double Science at grade AA BB. All applicants will be interviewed


Practical assessments Written assignments Exams

The AS-Level is 100% exam based with 2 papers. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course. The A-Level is 100% exam based with 3 papers. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers. Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following:

  • external exams,
  • independent research,
  • presentations,
  • essays,
  • coursework and
  • in-class tests.

Future opportunities

Where will this course take you? Our students have consistently achieved good final exam passes with 94% achievement rate and successfully apply to a range of science degrees, particularly Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Applied Biology. You can expect a starting salary in the range of £25,000 to £28,000 pa as a pharmacologist. Other employment opportunities include becoming a teacher, clinical molecular geneticist, research scientist, conservation officer, biomedical technician, laboratory technician, nurse, radiologist, biochemist and veterinary technician/nurse.

Further information

There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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