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A-Level Biology

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  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.


Welcome to A Level Biology.

Over the next two years we will be studying:

Course Content

Year1: Core Topics

Cell ultrastructure, biological molecules, cell membranes, enzymes, cell division and differentiation, exchange and transport in plants and animals, communicable diseases and the immune system, biodiversity and classification.

Year2: Advanced Topics

Cell communication and homeostasis, the endocrine and nervous systems, photosynthesis, respiration, gene expression, inheritance, biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

How will I learn?

There will be theory and practical lessons as well as a one-day ecology field trip in the second year.

How will I be assessed?

A level Biology is 100% externally assessed and taken only at the end of the course. Students are also required to conduct 12 Core Practical Assessments to gain the necessary laboratory skills.

Paper 1: Biological Processes:          37% of total A Level

Paper 2: Biological Diversity:           37% of total A Level

Paper 3: Unified Biology:       26% of total A Level

Science Practical Endorsement Certificate: Reported separately

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

Independent Learning forms a big part of A-Level studies and you should allow at least 4-5 hours per week to do homework exercises, practical reports and generally reading around the subject area.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?

OCR Exam Board – A Level in Biology A (code H420)

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Apart from the general entry criteria for A Levels, you must have GCSE grade 6 to 9 in Science and Maths.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Many students have progressed to study Sciences, Medicine and areas allied to Healthcare. In addition, many students enter unrelated fields such as Psychology and Teaching.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.​

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.