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Biology (Access To Higher Education) at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

The course provides a foundation for study at a higher level in biological sciences or health studies. While on the course you will develop a knowledge and understanding of cell biology and human physiology; an understanding of the basic chemical concepts involved in metabolic and physiological process; laboratory skills and the ability to analyse and present data.

Previous experience in the Science/Biology field is a huge advantage. Students should note that most university midwifery courses require a distinction in Human Biology Access.

Course content

It is important to note that although there is a significant human biology component to the course (Unit 2) half of the teaching time is spent on complex biochemistry topics (Unit 1).

Unit 1

Cell Biology

To include cellular organisation, structure and activities; cell membranes and transport; tissues, organs and energy supply.

Cell Reproduction, Inheritance and Expression of Genetic Information

To include the cell cycle and cell division; DNA, RNA and protein synthesis; genetics and genetic engineering.

The Chemistry of Living Systems

To include basic chemistry and the biochemistry of biological molecules, enzyme reactions and processes.

Unit 2

Human Physiology

To include mechanisms of action and control in the nervous system, cardiovascular systems, respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system and endocrine system; principles of homeostasis.

The lessons each week will include topic work and tutorials. Practical exercises will take place during the course.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

GCSE Science grade C or above.


Unit 1

  • Assignment (1500 words with practical experimental work)
  • End of Unit Test

Unit 2

  • Assignment (1500 words with practical experimental work)
  • Unit 2 Exam

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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