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Biology is amazing, and the study of Biology provides a fascinating insight into a range of scientific phenomena which affects people's daily lives and the wider environment. This knowledge is both useful and interesting in a variety of contexts.

This one-year intensive A level course consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement. Students are expected to carry out the 18 core practical experiments that are identified in the content. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year to be awarded a Biology A Level. The specification the course will cover is the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield).

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    Entry Requirements

    Academic and non-academic required 5 GCSEs minimum grade C (or grade 5), including English, Maths and Science.

    Assessment Method

    The course consists of three exams in total, each paper will assess investigative skills, theoretical knowledge, and understanding of specification topics. Paper 3 also includes questions based on a pre-release article, enabling students to apply their knowledge to a new context. Students will be expected to complete practical work throughout the course, part of which will be internally assessed.

    Aims of the course

    The aims and objectives of the A Level Biology course are to enable students to develop an essential knowledge of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other, and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.

    Progression Opportunities

    This course enables students to progress to Higher Education (university).


    The majority of lessons will take place in a laboratory. In addition, students will use ICT labs to develop research skills and proficiency in relevant computer software. Students will also be expected to participate in day trips in relation to particular subjects.

    Career Options

    There are a range of career options available. The majority of students pursue careers in science and research.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Evening
Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 2,225 p/year
24+ £2,225 p/year
International £9,000 p/year
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