Biology (AS/A Level) | New College Courses

Biology (AS/A Level)

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  • The Course


Biology is the study of living things.


The course is divided into topics, each containing key concepts in Biology and their applications.  Students will learn practical skills and undertake set investigations.


  • Where It Will Lead


Biology is a scientific subject, which will allow you to acquire practical and analytical skills useful for many careers.


It combines well with other science subjects for careers in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, marine biology, environmental science and food science and many other sciences.


It can also be taken with a wide range of other subjects, leading to careers such as nursing and social work, or to provide evidence that you have studied a rigorous subject to AS and/or A Level.


  • Course Requirements


You must have 2 science GCSE’s including a grade B or above in Biology or Additional Science. GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 or ‘C’ are also required.

Students are encouraged to take a level 3 Maths course to support their Biology


This is a concept- led course, focusing on biological theories and their modern applications.


Students should be aware at least 10% of the assessment requires mathematical skills at level 2 or above.


  • Study Programme


This two year course will include 6 modules as follows:




Module 1 – Practical skills

Module 2 – Foundations in Biology

Module 3 – Exchange and transport

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics and ecosystems


There will also be a one year AS option covering some of the topics above.  Exams for this are held at the end of the first year, but do not count towards the final A level.

Exams for the whole A level are held at the end of the 2nd year.




  • Assessment


Exams take place in May or June of both the AS and A Level years.


  • Time


You will study the A Level course for a maximum of 4.5 hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study.



  • Facilities


New College has a top quality Science department with more than a dozen specialist staff including experienced examiners within the Biology team.  We have 9 dedicated science laboratories.


You will be guided through your programme of study by your lecturer, and will use a variety of electronic and other resources, many of which have been specially prepared at New College for this course. 



  • Expenses


You will also be expected to supply your own stationery and to buy a lab book in which to record practicals (approximate cost £4.15).   You will also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.



  • Visits


Visits are arranged as appropriate, including practical ecology.



  • Other Details


This course is designed to provide a natural progression from GSCE Science to AS and A Level Biology.



  • Further Information


For more information about this subject, including work which you may wish to do in preparation, please contact:

Julie Blackwell –

For general enquiries, please contact