What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations.

You will develop an understanding of scientific method and be aware of those scientific advances in technology that are relevant to the Biological Sciences. You will appreciate the value of and the responsible use of Biology in society. In addition, at A-Level you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and learn to make and use connection between them.

You will be taught through lectures, group work, practical work, assignment and projects. Videos, IT equipment and visits are used as teaching aids, and you will have access to fully equipped laboratories and also IT equipment. Various ongoing assessments are made by tests, essay writing and other exercises which do not contribute to the final exam.

Examinations: At AS Level there are 2x 1hour 30 minute written exams and at A Level there are 3x 2 hour written exams.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 (AS Level):

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2 (A Level):

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

What experiences will I get?

Year 1 (AS Level): Fieldwork day in June

Year 2 (A Level): @Bristol gene technology day

What are the entry requirements?

You need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language at grade B or above, maths at grade B or above, and two GCSE’s in science subjects including additional science at grade B or above, or Biology and Chemistry at grade B or above. A grade D or above is needed at the end of year 1 for progression to year 2 of the A Level. You will also need three GCSEs at grade D or above (totalling eight GCSEs).

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to new fully equipped laboratories and PCs as well as access to a learning resource centre. There is a cafe based in the new Building.

What can the course lead on to?

You could go on to higher education or a career in Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and related subjects. A scientific training is also widely recognised as a valid preparation for ultimate careers in a whole range of occupations from management to marketing. AS Level offers a qualification between GCSE and A Level. Both AS Levels and A Levels offer you the opportunity to gain points for entry into Higher Education.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources.

What do our students think?

"Biology is very relevant to the processes and cycles that take place all around us."

"Teachers think of fun and interesting ways to teach and help you understand the subject."

This further education course is free for all 16-18-year-olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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