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York College

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE which must include English (grade 4) and Maths (grade 4) or above. A grade B in Additional Science or Biology is also required. Additional Applied Science is not suitable preparation for A Level Science. Students studying BTEC Science should consider our Applied Science Level 3 qualification.



Two years


Why study Biology?

You enjoy Biology at school and you are doing well at it. You may have a career in mind where A Level Biology is either desirable or obligatory. You may simply be fascinated by living things and how they work. Whichever of the above applies to you, the best reason for studying Biology is because you enjoy it and find it interesting.


What will I study?

The course comprises of an AS Level (year 1) and an A Level (year 2) section. Students will study the AS Level in their first year at College and if they are successful (at least grade D) they may progress onto the second year and achieve the full A Level.

Year 1 Biology:

• Cells and Microscopy, Water and its importance to plants and animals, Proteins and enzymes, Nucleic acids, The heart and transport systems, Gas exchange
• Cell division and differentiation, Evolution and classification, Pathogenic microorganisms, The immune system, Cancer and diseases

A Level Biology (year 2):

• Cellular respiration, Metabolism and exercise, Human reproduction, Photosynthesis and food production, Managing the environment, Populations, Plant reproduction
• Genetics, Gene technologies, The nervous system, Homeostasis, Blood glucose control, Kidney function

How will I be assessed?

At the end of year one there will be two written exams.
At the end of year two there will be three written exams assessing the whole course content
Practical skills will be assessed throughout the two years.

Good course combinations

Chemistry, Psychology and Physical Education.


What could it lead to?

Biology is particularly valued when supporting applications for degree courses in subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Sports Studies. Past students have progressed to study Biology, Marine Biology, Immunology Medicine, Pharmacy and a wide range of other courses.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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