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Biology A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

The course is delivered through lectures, coursework, independent study, group work and experiments, and there may be the opportunity to go on field trips too.

Studying Biology at A Level will equip you with transferable skills such as making analysis and evaluative conclusions for business, economics and finance-related careers; apprenticeships; or higher education courses for agriculture, environmental science, forensic science, genetics, health, medicine, sport science, teaching and veterinary science, amongst others.

Biology also complements other A Level subjects such as Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography and Psychology.

Course content

A Level Biology is a fascinating and fun but challenging subject.

Building on the structure from GCSE, this course will develop your understanding of the living world, including DNA, cells, biochemistry, enzymes, homeostasis, disease, the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems, genetics and ecology.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN.

This subject requires

  • an average GCSE points score of 5.9 points
  • B or above in Maths
  • B or above in Biology or BB in Double Award Science (must be core and additional, not core/applied and a B must be in Biology)


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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