Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Evening
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £2,225 p/ year
24+ £2,225 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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Biology is amazing, and the study of Biology provides a fascinating insight into a range of scientific phenomena which affects people's daily lives and the wider environment. This knowledge is both useful and interesting in a variety of contexts.

This one-year intensive A level course consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement. Students are expected to carry out the 18 core practical experiments that are identified in the content. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year to be awarded a Biology A Level. The specification the course will cover is the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield).

Aims of the course

The aims and objectives of the A Level Biology course are to enable students to develop an essential knowledge of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other, and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.

Unit Breakdown

The course covers the following topics:

-The Natural Environment and Species Survival

-Energy, Exercise and Coordination

-General and Practical Applications in Biology

-Scientific Investigation Skills

Assessment Method

The course consists of three exams in total, each paper will assess investigative skills, theoretical knowledge, and understanding of specification topics. Paper 3 also includes questions based on a pre-release article, enabling students to apply their knowledge to a new context. Students will be expected to complete practical work throughout the course, part of which will be internally assessed.

Progression Opportunities

This course enables students to progress to Higher Education (university).

Career Options

There are a range of career options available. The majority of students pursue careers in science and research.

Entry Requirements

Academic and non-academic required 5 GCSEs minimum grade C (or grade 5), including English, Maths and Science.


The majority of lessons will take place in a laboratory. In addition, students will use ICT labs to develop research skills and proficiency in relevant computer software. Students will also be expected to participate in day trips in relation to particular subjects.

Process for Application

Standard College Application

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