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Biology at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Biology?

Our Biology department was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the last Ofsted report and has excellent, well-qualified, creative teachers utilising laboratories which are modern and well equipped. We provide high quality, bespoke learning resources and use an extremely wide range of methods to develop our students’ biological understanding.

There is also an outstanding array of enrichment on offer such as Science Academy, Medical Society and extra classes/research projects for those wanting to study a Biology related course at university.

Our Biology students progress to a variety of courses and careers as doctors, dentists and vets, whilst others move into science based careers such as genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and laboratory work. Some students progress into non-biological courses and careers (such as Law, Accountancy, Business Studies) as the key skills they have developed in their studies with us can be transferred.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 85% of students achieving A*-C grades, with 32% being A*-A grades.

What will I study?

A Level Biology is a fascinating subject and involves a study of all the traditional areas of biology as well as an examination of technological advances in areas such as DNA technologies, fingerprinting, genetic engineering and gene therapy.

During the first term the fundamental ideas in Biology will be covered including how the body defends itself against disease, cellular operations and the creation and roles of important biological molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and DNA. As the course progresses concepts to be covered will include populations and environmental biology, the variety of living organisms and the mechanisms used to control processes in cells and organisms.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Biology specifically, this should include:

  • Grade 6 in Maths; AND
  • Grade 66 in Combined Science OR Grade 6 in Biology.


How is the course assessed?

The course will now be assessed by examination only, at the end of Year 2. There will be a separate assessment of students' practical skills, which will be assessed throughout Year 1 and Year 2, and will result in the students gaining a practical endorsement.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Biology students progress to a variety of courses and careers. Many students opt to study medically-related courses at university and progress into careers as doctors, dentists, vets etc. A large number of students move into science-based careers such as genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and laboratory work. Many students progress into non-biological courses and careers (law, accountancy, business studies) but find the key skills developed in their studies are directly transferable.

Where are you going?

  • Biotechnologist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Geneticist
  • Vet

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Chemistry
  • Humanities (wide range of subjects)
  • Physics
  • PE
  • Psychology

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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 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LABIOL

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