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In Short

A Level Biology A offers an exciting, context-based approach to learning about the natural world. This course has been designed to motivate students by helping them realise how an understanding of many of today’s contemporary issues require the knowledge and understanding of underpinning biological principles. Placing things in context makes learning more interesting and relevant. The themes include: cardiovascular diseases, cystic fibrosis, genetic control of human development, biodiversity and natural resources, climate change, infection and immunity, the nervous system.


100% pass rate in A Level Biology in 20209.6% above National Average

“A level science means studying in depth – our teachers have experience and knowledge that makes study really enthralling” Dylan

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 including English and Grade 6 (B) in Maths, as well as either Grade 66 (BB) in Double Award Science or 6 (B) in Biology.

Course Content

This course helps you to realise how an understanding of today’s issues requires knowledge of underpinning biological principles. By placing things in context, you will learn the facts at the same time as appreciating their real importance. You will develop practical skills of observation, formulation of hypotheses, design of experiments, and collection and analysis of data. There is an element of fieldwork, enabling you to identify relevant topics, plan and carry out research, and analyse findings.

AS units

  • Lifestyle
  • Transport
  • Genes and health
  • Development
  • Plants and the environment

A2 units

  • Environment and survival
  • Energy
  • Exercise and coordination


A Levels are suitable entry to university as well as a great way of demonstrating your capabilities to potential employers. A Levels open up a wide choice of career opportunities, many of which would require you to study at higher education level and will require the correct mix of A Level qualifications. Contact our careers advice and guidance department for further assistance. The following table gives an example of the possible career routes for each subject.

Your Tutor - Emily Alltoft

BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Ecology)

Team Leader for GCE Biology

I have taught Biology at Weymouth College for 10 years. I have also been an Examiner for GCE Biology Pearson since 2012 and was appointed as a Team Leader in 2018. The role has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of examination requirements, which I use to help guide both my AS/A level and BTEC Applied Science students to fulfilling their potential. Biology never fails to fascinate me, as scientific research expands our knowledge. Although my academic background started out focussing on ecology, teaching has broadened my interests in other areas of biology. Advances in molecular, cellular and medical research are ever expanding our understanding of the human body and there are still so many things left to discover


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.

If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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