Studying Biology at A-Level will give you the skills and knowledge to tackle the major issues facing our world; preserving our natural environments, finding cures for fatal diseases, tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance, addressing the obesity epidemic and developing alternative forms of fuel.
The staff teaching the course have an array of experiences, both within education and in their own fields of expertise. Collectively, they have over twenty years' experience in both teaching and assessing A-Level Biology, and in supporting and encouraging students in their future career plans. Together they are able to give students an insight into the skills and knowledge required by both laboratory based and field based scientists, having previously had successful careers in these fields.
In your first year your studies will allow you to build on your knowledge and understanding from GCSE including the study of; cells, cell transport, molecules and of the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. You will also study the details of cell division, the genetic code and causes of variation between organisms. During your second year you will study the biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis, DNA technology and genetic inheritance, Ecology, and nervous and hormonal coordination of responses. With each topic we will explore links to current research such as the effects of various medicinal drugs on the nervous system and the exciting developing fields of gene editing and epigenetics.
Most taught sessions occur within the fully equipped Science Lab, with access to computers and all practical equipment and resources necessary. There is no coursework but you will complete practical investigations to develop your observational skills and analytical techniques. You will need to be curious, driven and organised to succeed. Maths makes up a small but significant part of the course; lessons will focus on ratios, percentages and statistical testing. You tutors will assess your progress regularly through tests and homework activities designed to help you develop your exam technique.
There are various opportunities for field work over two year period including field trips into the Lake District National Park to conduct sampling and visits to the laboratories at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, which must include English Language and Maths
GCSE Biology at Grade 6. Combined Science at 7.5 may be considered
After Your Course
Studying Biology will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that will transfer to a wide range of careers or further study:
Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biology, Botany, Conservation, Dentistry, Ecology , Environmental Science, Genetics, Marine Biology, Medicine, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiology, Sports Science, Toxicology, Veterinary Science and Zoology.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.