Biology A-level

  • Are you interested in how the cellular nature of life relates to the living processes common to all organisms?
  • Do you want to understand why some organisms need special adaptations in order to exchange materials with their environment and others don’t?
  • Ever wondered what controls embryonic cells to specialise into bone, muscle and nerves?

If so, then choose Biology.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

  • Cells
  • Exchange and transport
  • Molecules
  • Biodiversity
  • Food
  • Health

Year 2:

  • Communication
  • Homeostasis and energy
  • Control
  • Genetics
  • The environment

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • Grade 6 in GCSE Biology (as a separate science) or 6 in both GCSE Core and Additional Science. You will also need a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.
  • It would benefit you greatly to take another natural science with Biology, such as Chemistry.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1 (Biological Processes)
    A-level (37%) 2.25 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Biological Diversity)
    A-level (37%) 2.25 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3 (Unified Biology)
    A-level (26%) 1.30 hours

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

A wide range of careers are opened up to students who study A-level Biology including; Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.

What qualification will I gain?

OCR A-level Biology (H420).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:20