Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who have a strong interest in science. Within the course students will learn about biological molecules, how organisms exchange materials with their environment and how they respond to changes in internal and external environments. Students will also explore genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, and the control of gene expression.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including First Aid, Virtual Medicine, the Medical Society or many more.


Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Would like to progress to Higher Education to study subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry
  • Would like to progress into a science based career
  • Enjoy life sciences
  • Are interested in living systems

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by three two hour exams. The Units are: Year One

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange materials with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms
Year Two
  • 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

What skills will you develop?

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Scientist

A Level

Course Leader:
Emma Parkin

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 6 in Biology or Science with a Grade 4 in English and a 5 in Maths with an average points score of 5.7 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams.