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Biology A Level at Alderman White School and Language College

Course description

The A-Level Biology course builds on the knowledge students have gained from GCSE, focusing on the application of Biology to everyday life. The subject content is studied within a number of contemporary contexts.

Course content

At AS Level these include:
- Gene Technology
- Heart Disease
- Stem Cells
- Coursework project on the conservation of endangered species.

At A2 Level students move onto to look at Biology from the perspectives of:
- Forensic Science
- Climate Change
- Exercise Physiology
- Brain Development

This is combined with a field-work residential to the beaches of Northern Ireland to complete the A2 coursework. GCE Biology is a very hands-on course, with a large practical element, designed to develop the skills used by Biologists in a variety of real-world situations. The course has been delivered in new purpose built science laboratories at Bramcote College from September 2009.


At AS Level, the course is assessed through two modular exams (80%) and one 1500 word project (20%). At A2 there are also two modular exams (80%) and one practical investigation (20%).


Future opportunities

Students on this course have recently progressed to degree courses in Applied Biology, Microbiology, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Forensic Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderman White School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015

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    • Bramcote College is the Post-16 provider for The White Hills Park Federation Trust. However the College is also open to other students from outside the Federation. The College aims to meet the needs of all students within the Federation; although the majority of courses at the College are traditional A-Levels, the college does provide alternative routes at both GCSE level and A-Level in the form of BTEC qualifications. We also aim to provide a very personalised system both in terms of the curriculum we offer and the guidance we provide. In order to achieve this both teaching and tutor groups are kept small; therefore offering more individual tuition to our students.

      We believe that the success of the College rests upon three things: the progress our students make in terms of each individual reaching their potential, how many students complete their courses, and also our success in ensuring all students achieve their favoured destination whether this is higher education, training schemes or embarking on their future career. We are proud of our most recent successes, including students who have gone on to study subjects such as Medicine, Law and Teaching at a variety of The Russell Group of Universities.

      As part of the successful 2011 OFSTED inspection, the following comments were made in the report :-

      • "In the Sixth Form, strong leadership has been successful in creating a clear sixth form identity..."
      • "Higher attaining students make far better progress than students of similar abilities across the country"
      • "Lessons are characterised by teachers who are able to excite students with the subject being taught"

      Of course time in the Sixth Form is also about personal development. Our students play an active part in leadership programmes and organising activities for younger students; for example the College students act as House Captains for the Federation House system.