A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including a grade 6 (grade B) in Maths and in Science.
Biology is a complex and broad science suited to those with an interest in living organisms, and how they work and interact with their environment. Biology will also appeal to those who enjoy creative thinking and problem solving: a good choice if you are aiming at one of the very competitive leading universities.
What is the structure of the course?
This is an exciting and demanding subject that is delivered in an innovative and dynamic way. You will gain an understanding of biological facts and principles - gaining an appreciation of their significance by studying molecules, cells and systems, inheritance, evolution and ecosystems as well as physiology and the environment. Principles are taught in the context of modern day themes and issues, such as how our actions enhance the antibiotic resistance of bacteria and studying lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.
The course combines detailed theoretical knowledge with practical research including laboratory work, interpreting data to solve scientific problems and writing in a scientific way. Transferable skills such as data analysis, practical design and problem solving will be developed. You will also need to understand chemical processes within organisms, so some knowledge of chemistry is also useful.
Biology can be taken alongside a range of subjects, but students may choose to combine it with Applied Science, Animal Management, Equine, Sport, Health & Social Care, Psychology or Childcare.
Where will my course lead?
Biology is considered a facilitating subject and is highly regarded by top universities. Selective universities and employers look for a science A Level as an indication of analytical skills, so this course is a good choice for both science and non-science related degrees. It can lead towards a wide range of university courses including Biochemistry, Conservation, Dentistry, Ecology, Marine Biology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Sports Science and Veterinary Science. Students also frequently choose degree subjects such as Economics and Business Studies.