Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language. Biology plus another science subject, or Core and Additional Science at grade 5/B or above.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

A Level Biology aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of living organisms, how they function individually and how they interact with one another.

What will I learn?

You will plan experiments, collect data, analyse results and make conclusions. You will study diseases, the organisation of cells, variation in organisms and the influence of genetic and environmental factors. You will also study populations and environments, looking at certain ecosystems, how human activity affects the ecological balance and how genetic variation can lead to the formation of new species. In addition, you will learn about control in cells and organisms, stimuli and responses, homoeostasis, genes and genetic expression. Practical investigation work is emphasised, which will extend your practical skills. This is essential if you plan to study Biology at university.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


Students will benefit from new high-tech science laboratories, housing industry standard equipment. Within Biology, we have a mini-zoo with an interesting assortment of animals which you can observe and help to take care of.

Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programmes available in Medicine and STEMx

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Manchester reading interesting degrees such as Medicine, Optometry, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Veterinary Science and Biological Science, to name but a few.

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