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Biology A Level at Farnham College

Course description

Biologists are some of the most versatile and employable graduates in the country. Modern biology is developing at an enormous rate, providing us with the potential to cure diseases and repair our bodies, but also creating new dilemmas for our society. Understanding biology is essential to making informed decisions about our future.

This two year course looks at cellular chemistry, evolution, the variety of living things, conservation, immunology, biodiversity, pathology, diet, food production and health.

As well as how living things are controlled, how we are able to manipulate them through biotechnology, how they get their energy and how we can manage our environment sustainably.

Course content

The course is taught with a range of methods including problem-solving activities, lectures, group work, practicals (both short and extended), fieldwork, trips, visits and written exercises.

Whilst Biology is a natural fit with the other sciences, the versatility of the subject material means it is easily integrates with subjects of a non scientific nature.

Students taking subjects such as English, Photography and Art benefit greatly from the use of methodical and logical thinking. You will need good written english and the ability to read and intrepret questions carefully.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English; and Biology (or another Science subject) at grade B or above.


Two exams worth 80% of the overall grade and practical assessments worth 20%, usually carried out in lessons. Regular mock exams.

Future opportunities

Degrees or careers in medicine, genetics, forensics, biomedical science, veterinary science, pharmacology, environmental science, physiotherapy, biochemistry or marine biology.


Further information

You will need to buy relevant textbooks:

Year 1: OCR Biology coursebook, ISBN 978-0-435691-80-6 and the Revision Guide, ISBN 978-0-435583705.

Year 2: OCR Biology coursebook, ISBN 978-0-435691905 and the Revision Guide, ISBN 978-0-43558373


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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