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Biology at UTC Sheffield City Centre

Course description

Biology is taught at UTC OLP but can be picked in line with UTC City Technical Subject.

Why study Biology?

Have you ever wondered why your siblings look like you or how medicines work or if clones exist? Are you aiming to be a doctor, nurse, vet or healthcare practitioner? Are you thinking of a career in research? Are you interested in the environment and the world around you? If the answer is “Yes” then studying Biology is for you.

Where can A Level Biology take me?

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science and psychology.

A Level Biology can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.


Course content

A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Biology highly appealing.

You will learn about the core concepts of biology in a range of different contexts and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Topics Covered

  • Development of practical skills in biology.
  • Cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes.
  • Exchange surfaces, transport in plants and animals.
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system.
  • Biodiversity, classification and evolution.
  • Communication and homeostasis.
  • Photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Genetics and biotechnology.
  • Ecosystems, populations and sustainability.


  • Total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the course.
  • A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

There is also a practical endorsement part of the course where you will complete a minimum of 12 different practical activities over the 2 year course. You will become competent in following procedures, applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment, working safely, making and recording observations and researching, referencing and reporting.



Entry requirements

Grade 6 or better in Science or Biology and at least a grade 5 in Maths and English Language.

Students must select a specialism alongside this course.




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Further information

Please come along to our Showcase Event on Wednesday 16 January 2019 and the Post 16 information evening on Wednesday 6 March 2019 for further 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: 23 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Biology
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  • Number of planned places: 30

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    • UTC Sheffield is a state-of-the-art modern Technical College.  The building has been designed to inspire students and showcase their work. The venue provides an environment that is welcoming, spacious, exciting and adaptable to respond to the future needs of the College.  It offers not only high quality learning environments but also a rooftop, multi-use sports pitch and an all-day restaurant - all in the heart of Sheffield's Creative and Digital Industries quarter close to the main railway and bus stations.