Biology A Level

Overview

Biology is the fastest growing and most popular Science. It has been at the forefront in protecting the environment and in the leading developments in agriculture and health.

The course allows students to see the impact of Biology on their daily lives and helps them make informed decisions as we move into the twenty first century. The course moves from the microscopic to the whole-planet view of living organisms. It touches on all the major biological disciplines with the emphasis on applied knowledge.

What goes well with this course?

  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Psychology

 

Progression

A Biology qualification is ideal for degree courses such as: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Nutrition, Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Horticulture, Agriculture, Sports Science.

Course Content

A Level qualification (duration 2 years)

A Level is made up of 4 compulsory theory components.

  • Component 1 - Lifestyles, Transport, Genes and Health
  • Component 2 - Development, Plants and the Environment
  • Component 3 - The Natural Environ­ment and Species Survival
  • Component 4 - Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination. 

 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presenta­tions by visiting speakers.

It is expected that students will be engaged in study for at least 5 hours per week outside the classroom. As part of their studies all students take part in field­work with a residential fieldtrip (approxi­mate cost £300). 

Assessment

The Biology course is 100% exam based, although the A Level requires a Scientific Practical Endorsement.

The A Level qualification is made up of 3 examinations, which are all taken at the end of the two year course.

  • The Natural Environment and Species Survival worth 33% (2 hr written exam) covering components 1,2 and 3.
  • Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination worth 33% (2hr written exam) covering components 1, 2 and 4.
  • Synoptic paper called General and Practical Appli­cations in Biology worth 33% (2hr written exam) covering all four theory compo­nents.

In addition, at A Level, a record is produced of the student’s observed practical skills as either Pass or Fail; this is recorded in the certificate but does not contribute to the overall grade.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum combination of GCSE grades, either:  

  • Grade 6 in Maths, 5 in English Language and Grade 6, 6 in both Core and Additional Science or Biology  Grade 6, or
  • Grade 5 in Maths and English Language and Grade 6, 7 in Core and Additional Science or a Grade 7 in Biology

Students will enjoy this course and be successful if they:

  • Have a genuine interest in the living world
  • Are committed and work hard
  • Enjoy researching new ideas
  • Have good problem solving and communication skills

Students should be good at problem solving and working with numbers.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Biology information leaflet.

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