A-Level Biology

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7881
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study Mode: Full time

A-Level Biology is a fascinating subject in its own right but, more importantly, it can open many doors to further academic study and the world of work. Studying Biology at advanced level will give you a blend of the traditional, popular topics and the exciting ‘frontier’ developments. In addition, you will develop good practical and investigative skills. Lessons take place in modern, well-equipped laboratories and are supported by extensive material on the College’s biology moodle site. Student-centred assignments will be used to encourage a more independent approach to the subject, which is a useful preparation for higher education.

What will I study?

In Biology, you will gain an understanding of important concepts and develop a wide range of practical skills. This consists of four modules:

  • Development of practical skills
  • Foundations in biology (cells, biological molecules, nucleic acids, enzymes, membranes, cell division, diversity and organisation)
  • Exchange and transport (exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants)
  • Biodiversity, evolution and disease (communicable diseases, disease prevention, the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution).

The second year consists of two further modules:

  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.
Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade B in Core Science and an B Grade in Additional Science. Note: equivalent grades in the separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in the theory units are acceptable.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exam. In addition your tutor will assess your practical skills.

What can I do next?

It is likely that you will want to go onto further study at university. An A-Level in Biology could help you to get a place on a wide variety of science based degree courses, e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Biology, Genetics, Environmental Science/Biology, Conservation Studies, Applied Biology, Nursing and Midwifery, the list goes on. In short, it provides a solid foundation for progression into a diverse range of science courses as well as humanities based disciplines. Alternatively, it may help you straight into the world of work or some work-based further training.

Your Study Programme

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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