Biology A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2017



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Course introduction

In the early decades of the 21st Century the world is experiencing a biological revolution.

Indeed, thanks to modern advances in molecular biology, scientists have been able to make significant advances in genetics, medicine, agriculture and biotechnology.

If you want to be part of the dynamic and yet-to-be discovered future of biology, then this course is your next step.

You will explore established teachings along with 21st century challenges, which include things like preventing the spread of new diseases, further improving public health and conserving our environment.

This is a rigorous academic subject with many different applications. It also sits well alongside other science-related courses.

Why choose Brock for Biology A Level?

At Brock we have industry-experienced Biology teachers with expertise in fields that include: microbiology, aquatic ecology, equine science, natural sciences and conservation and zoology.

Some of these staff members also have examination board experience, which gives them invaluable insights into what it takes to achieve top grades.

You will also have the opportunity to engage with our Medical Matters Enrichment programme, which is particularly advantageous if you want to pursue a career in medicine.

Teaching & learning

You will learn through a range of methods, including: lectures and experiments, group work and presentations, and debates and problem solving.

You will also work on group projects, which will help you build your analytical, reporting, interpreting, teamwork and communication skills.

In addition, we regularly host guest speakers from a range of different fields. In the past these have included GPs, marine scientists, paediatricians, and a professor of genomics.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

• Maths grade B (6)
• English language grade B (6)
• Science core and additional B/B or if separate sciences Biology grade B and a grade B in another science

If you wish to study this at degree level we strongly recommend you take chemistry, another science or maths A Level.

What can I do with this qualification?


Students who take A Level Biology can go on to study subjects including:  Veterinary Science, Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

They can also study Microbiology, Forensic Science, Biophysics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, and, of course, Biology.

If you wish to study Biology at university we recommend you also take another science A Level or a maths A Level.


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  • Highlights of my studies have included an amazing trip to the Eden Project. As part of my course I completed a work experience placement at a veterinary surgery, which really helped me decide the higher education path I wanted to follow.

    Morwenna Grigg

  • 98.5%

    Overall A Level pass rate


    Of students gained A*-B grades


    Of students gained A*-C grades