Course introduction

This is a really exciting time to be studying Biology because so much new work is being done which affects all our lives. Genetic engineering, the human genome project, genetic testing and screening, biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, cloning, conservation and sustainable resources are some examples of important issues that everyone should know about in order to understand new developments and to make informed decisions.
Victoria Brown
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Victoria Brown
A level Biology


Level 3

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include Double Award GCSE Science Higher Tier 6,6 (or above) or GCSE Biology 6 (or above) plus a minimum of either GCSE Chemistry 6 or GCSE Physics 6. You must also have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details). Those students who have taken BTEC Level 2 Science are not qualified for this course and should consider the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Biology course as an alternative.

How will I be assessed?

100% Examination. Practical skills are embedded within the course and are assessed as part of the practical endorsement of the A level as well as in the written examinations.

What will I study?

Over the two year A Level course you will study biological molecules, cells, organisms, exchange systems, genetics, variation, energy transfer, nervous system, evolution, ecosystems and gene technology.

Where will this course lead me?

Biology is an essential subject if you are interested in a career with a medical or bio-medical bias e.g. medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, forensic science,or biochemistry. It is also an important and useful subject for anyone interested in careers in conservation, biotechnology, sports science and psychology. In addition there are a large number of biology related university degree courses e.g. Marine Biology, Microbiology, Zoology.
Biology, Chemistry, Maths
Abigail Nuttall
Biology, Chemistry, Maths
Where next?
Newcastle University – Medicine

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.


Bridging Materials

For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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