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Biology A Level at Settle College

Course description

All Science A-levels are changing for September 2015. Each of the three exam boards are producing new specifications to match the new programme of study. The content each specification covers has to be very similar. Additionally, there will be no controlled assessment or assessment of practical work that contributes to the final grade. Rather practical work will be assessed internally and probably externally moderated and a Pass or Fail reported separately from the final grade. However, understanding of practical skills and data will be assessed in the examinations.

At the time of writing only two (both OCR specifications) of the five A level Biology specifications have been accredited. We currently teach Salters Nuffield Advanced Level Biology (SNAB) provided by EDEXCEL. However, this specification has yet to be accredited. SNAB is a context led course which introduces biological theory to explain and help understand various contexts from disease to ecological sustainability. OCR offers a similar course with a strong and integrated practical component. Alternatively we may decide to opt for a content led A level depending on the levels of support the examination boards will provide and the nature of the final examinations. .

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include: GCSE: Science & Additional Science Grade B OR Biology & Chemistry & Maths Grade B


At AS there will be two exams, each one and a half hours. Exact format and number of marks will depend on the specification we choose. At A-level there are three exams with a total of six hours of examined time. The length and content of each exam will depend on the specification chosen.

Future opportunities

Biology can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of Science and non-science courses at Colleges and Universities. Biology is clearly recommended for degree courses in Medicine, Sports Science, Genetics, Food Technology, Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry, Psychology, Biotechnology, Forensic Science and many other biological subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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