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Biology will suit students who are interested in all aspects of the living world. The course investigates biological processes and the structure of organisms. Students are encouraged to use their initiative to investigate both theoretical and practical problems.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in Biology.
  • Modern, refurbished laboratories with extensive practical equipment.
  • Trips to various universities and locations of biological interest.
  • National competitions to challenge students.

In the first year you will study:

  • Microscopy and cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Tissues and organs
  • Breathing and exchange surfaces
  • Heart and blood
  • Plant transport
  • Diseases and immunity
  • Biodiversity and evolution


In the second year you will study:

  • Homeostasis
  • Excretion
  • Nervous and hormonal coordination
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Genetics and gene technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecosystems and populations


What will I be taught?

This course is practical-based, and you will spend a lot of the time in labs carrying out experiments and investigations. You will have access to learning resources to support your lessons through Teams, as well as other online resources to help you revise and test your knowledge. In addition, your teacher and progress coach will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Multiple choice tests
  • Practical activities
  • Interactive online quizzes
  • Group work
  • Student led sessions

Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here

The Past
Click here for the suggested ongoing revision activities in this subject which research has shown are most likely to boost your achievement

The Present
Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.

The Future
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Former students of this college have gone on to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Marine Biology and many other biological courses.

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in English Language or Literature
5 in Maths
6,6 in Biology and Chemistry/Physics (or 66 double award Science)

Not essential but it will help your success…

Pairs well with other Science Subjects.  You take Mathematical Studies if not taking A Level Maths.

You prefer to do a course based on final exams only.  Enthusiasm for learning about the biological world.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


100% exam

3 exams:

  • Biological processes 37%
  • Biological diversity 37%
  • Unified Biology 26%

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