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Biology A level at East Sussex College

Course description

On this course you will learn about Biology and disease, and the variety of living organisms. Biology is a fascinating subject - the key question that underpins Biology is 'How does life work?'. To begin with you will study the components of cells and how molecules transport across a cell membrane. Next you will study the structure and function of full organs such as the heart and the lungs. During the first year you will also study the structure and function of DNA, cell division and immunity. Practical and investigative skills are also assessed. This is certified by AQA.The course covers the following topics: Biological molecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substances with their environment, Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and The control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade C/5 and Combined Science grade BB/6-6 or Biology and Chemistry grade B/6.


The modules above will be assessed by three written exams at the end of the second year. There will also be a practical endorsement of Biology which will be assessed (non-exam) as part of the course.

Future opportunities

Interested in a career in healthcare or Science? A level Biology can lead to a wide range of degree courses e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, dentistry, biomedicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, marine biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, environmental studies and physiotherapy. For many biological degrees you will also need Chemistry A Level

Further information

This is certified by AQA.

We strongly recommend that Biology be taken with another Science subject at A-level e.g. Psychology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

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: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5589/011
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