You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen Pathway and achieve a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and a grade 6/5 in GCSE Sciences.*
General entry criteria will also apply for your chosen pathway.
*If predicted a grade 7/7 in Science subjects, a grade 5 in Maths would be accepted
This fascinating subject will see you explore topics that include:
• Cells and cell transport
• Biological molecules
• Cardiorespiratory system and immunity
• Genetics and genetic variation
• Respiration and photosynthesis
• The nervous system
• Epigenetics and gene expression
An Enriching Experience
Studying A Level Biology at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will
help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Biology students enjoy include:
• Residential visits to stretch and challenge you and build on your cultural capital. This
year, Science students spent 10 nights in South Africa, taking part in conservation projects and working with pupils in a rural primary school
• Visits to universities and employers to help you to understand progression routes and support to apply for prestigious summer schools at Russell Group Universities
• Visiting speakers and lecturers to expand your knowledge and
inspire your next steps. This year A Level Biology students have enjoyed an enlightening university level workshop on genetics
• Participation in national competitions such as the British Biology Olympiad
We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love for learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.
You will undertake the practical elements of this A Level in our state-of-the-art Science laboratories and you will work with our subject experts to develop your knowledge and ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to link theory with practice, preparing you for university study. Many of our A Level Biology students also take part in our XL Programme, which provides you with unique and exceptional opportunities
How will you be assessed?
This course is assessed via examination. There are also 12 required practicals that must be completed for you to achieve the Practical Endorsement.
If you’re thinking of studying A Level Biology and pursuing a STEM based career, we recommend that your study programme contains at least one other STEM based subject. This is because many universities will require more than one Science as part of their entry requirements. For example, it is recommended that students hoping to progress to undergraduate degrees in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science study A Level Biology and Chemistry as part of their study programme.
A Level Biology students progress to university to study subjects such as:
• Biological Sciences
• Veterinary Science
What does this course go well with or what may you like?