Biology, AS-Level

Course start date:
12 Sep 2017
Course end date:
29 Jun 2018

On the A-Level Biology course, you will study for 4 hours per week.  You will complete the AS-Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A-level.

The course includes a wide range of topics in Biology, and will be taught through theory sessions, practical activities, learning games and online activities. 

The course can be taken in the following ways:

- As a stand-alone part-time course.

- As an ‘add on’ to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma.

- As part of a study programme with another two A-Levels (full-time package).

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

In year 1 of the course, you will learn about biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment, and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. 

In year 2, some of these topics will be revisited and developed in addition to further study of energy transfers in and between organisms, the ways in which organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, and the control of gene expression.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed by examinations at the end of the year.  At the end of the first year, you will take two 1.5 - hour examinations which will include practical skills, and which will comprise the assessment for AS award (but do not contribute towards the A-level). 

At the end of year 2, you will take three 2-hour examinations which will include the material covered in year 1; this will comprise the assessment for the A-level award. 

Coursework and practical assessments will not contribute towards the final mark, however, if you pass your practical assessments, this will be recorded on your award certificate.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

This course will contribute to the requirements for an exciting range of opportunities for further study e.g. you could choose to take degree-level courses in Psychology, Sport & Exercise Science, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Toxicology, Ecology, Nursing, and many more.

This could lead to a wide variety of careers, e.g. Teacher,  Doctor, Environmental Scientist, Conservation Officer, Geneticist, Microbiologist, Research Scientist, Science Journalist etc.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or 4) in any examined subject. Must include English Language and Maths.

You will need GCSE Biology at grade A*- B. 

If you would like to apply for the full-time package (3-4 AS-Levels) please complete a full-time application form.

If you would llike to study this course part-time, please contact the tutor:
Stephen Richardson:

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. Fees will be confirmed in the Spring Term. More about Student Finance.

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