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Biology

Entry requirements

6-6 in double award Science or 6 in Biology plus 6 in another science. 

4 in English Language and Maths

What will I study

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms 
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments 
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems 
  • The control of gene expression 

How will I be assessed?

The assessment will consist of three external exams, based on the course content and practical skills acquired over the two years. The question styles will include a mixture of short, long, extended response and structured questions. Paper 3 will also examine your ability to critically analyse experimental data, and include an essay. You are also assessed on your ability to undertake practicals.

Is this subject for me?

Biology A-level is a well-respected subject because of the high demands (and rewards) of the course. You need to be confident with the biology you have studied up until now. Having an interest in problem solving, having strong mathematical skills and good communication skills are important. You will need to be reflective and motivated to make improvements in areas that you identify as weaker topics. Outside of lessons you will also be expected to develop your own revision notes using the specification throughout the course. Good organisation and consistent effort and reflection are essential. Biology opens up lots of doors both into a wide range of degrees and possible careers, so by choosing this route the world is your oyster!

Where can this lead me?

Biology can lead to a range of degrees in and out of science. Science specific degree courses include biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, biochemistry, cell biology, forensic science and molecular biology. An A-level qualification is accepted as an exceptional gateway to most careers, and most biology related degrees also require an A-level in another science or in maths so please be aware of this when making your choices.

Which jobs can this course lead to?

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Hospital Technician
  • Doctor
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Microbiologist
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Research Scientist (Life Sciences)
  • Research Scientist (Medical)
  • Finance and Banking
  • Law (with a conversion course)
  • Teaching
  • Management Consultancy

What else is there?

In the past Biology students have visited Marwell zoo, the Natural History museum and attended various specification specific workshops at the University of Sussex. Students have also carried out work experience at Biology focused placements Queen Mary University of London in an endocrinology lab, and attended Medics dinners at Lancing College.

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