Course overview

Biology A Level City of Bristol College

Biology is a fascinating, rapidly changing subject. Studying it at A Level is well-suited to school leavers who want to develop their scientific knowledge.

Biology is all around us. It is the study of living things: the diversity of life, the structure and function of living organisms and their interactions with the natural environment.

This course is an option within our science A Level pathway.

  • Science Pathway course code: ALSCIENCE

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for 16-18 years olds looking to study A Levels.

We also offer a range of science courses for people aged 19+.

What you'll learn

Like all sciences, biology involves testing ideas through planning, implementing and evaluating experimental evidence.

The course will give you deep and well-informed insight into biology and the scientific theory and processes that control and affect it.

Course entry requirements

To join this course you will need six GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Like all sciences, biology involves testing ideas through planning, implementing and evaluating experimental evidence.

You may be assessed through:

  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Coursework

Future career and study opportunities

The skills you will develop through A Level Biology are widely valued by many employers making it a good entry route into a variety of careers. Students have become:

  • Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Physiologists, Physiotherapists, Midwives and Veterinary Surgeons
  • Teachers
  • Marine Biologists
  • Researchers
  • Forensic Scientists
  • Journalists

As well as many other scientific and non-scientific occupations.

After studying A Levels you may choose to progress to a university-level course.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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