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Biology A Level - Level 3


The Biology A Level will develop your knowledge of cells, organs, the treatment of disease and human evolution.

Understanding biology is the key to understanding the development of life. Finding cures for diseases, tackling environmental issues and solving crimes through forensics are just some of the important roles a biologist can play in society.

You can expect to develop a wealth of knowledge on biological molecules, cells, human physiology, genetics and the treatments of disease. This is just a small sample of the areas covered.

Recommended courses to study alongside this A Level include:

Start dates and fees

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September 20224673Apply online

What will I study?

There is a big focus on the various systems of the human body (respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive etc.), as well as up-to date information on genetic testing and diagnosis of disease.

The course includes topical issues such as testing for viruses, genetic engineering, stem cells in medicine and the human impact on natural ecosystems.

An excursion to the North Yorkshire coast enables you to gain valuable practical experience of performing ecological research in the field.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language. Science with 65/BB (double science) or 6/B in Biology (if doing triple separate sciences) and with grade 5/C in maths.
  • You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.
  • Following your application you will normally be offered a place subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year with some additional practical assessments.

Success rates

A Level Biology pass rate 2020 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

This course is a highly-regarded qualification that can lead to further study for a degree in medicine, nursing, veterinary science or biochemistry at university.

Careers in medical professions such as dentistry or physiotherapy are accessible, as is work in the environmental and pharmaceutical research fields.

What can I progress onto?

A degree in medicine, nursing, veterinary science, pharmacy, zoology or biochemistry. This can lead on to careers in medical professions such as dentistry, physiotherapy or pharmaceutical research.


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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