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Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least Grade 6/5 in Core & Additional Sciences and Grade 5 in Maths OR if doing separate Sciences Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 5 in Chemistry, Physics and Maths

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2 academic years

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Key features and Benefits

  • Redeveloped Blackburn Sixth Form
  • High Achievers Programme
  • Industry Standard Scientific Laboratories


A-Level Biology is a fascinating subject in its own right but, more importantly, it can open many doors to further academic study and the world of work. Studying Biology at advanced level will give you a blend of the traditional, popular topics and the exciting ‘frontier’ developments. In addition, you will develop good practical and investigative skills. Lessons take place in modern, well-equipped laboratories and are supported by extensive material on the College’s biology moodle site. Student-centred assignments will be used to encourage a more independent approach to the subject, which is a useful preparation for higher education.

What will I study?

  • In Biology, you will gain an understanding of important concepts and develop a wide range of practical skills. This consists of four modules:

    • Development of practical skills
    • Foundations in biology (cells, biological molecules, nucleic acids, enzymes, membranes, cell division, diversity and organisation)
    • Exchange and transport (exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants)
    • Biodiversity, evolution and disease (communicable diseases, disease prevention, the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution).

    The second year consists of two further modules:

    • Communication, homeostasis and energy
    • Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, with at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language. Please note that you will need a grade 5 in Core and Additional Science and Maths. Alternatively, a grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exam.

  • H420/01: Biological processes
  • H420/02: Biological diversity
  • H420/01: Unified biology
  • H420/04: Practical Endorsement

In addition your tutor will assess your practical skills.

What can I do next?

It is likely that you will want to go onto further study at university. An A-Level in Biology could help you to get a place on a wide variety of science based degree courses, e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Biology, Genetics, Environmental Science/Biology, Conservation Studies, Applied Biology, Nursing and Midwifery, the list goes on. In short, it provides a solid foundation for progression into a diverse range of science courses as well as humanities based disciplines. Alternatively, it may help you straight into the world of work or some work-based further training.

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Career Options


As a biologist you would study living things like plants and animals and the world they live in. If you are interested in the natural world and enjoy practical science then there could be opportunities for you as a biologist.

To become a biologist you will need to have an enquiring mind and good problem solving skills. You will also need to work accurately and pay close attention to detail.

Most employers will expect you to have a relevant degree and a master’s qualification. Some employers might also want you to have, or be working towards, a PhD.

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