Practical Vs Theory
Gain practical and written scientific skills to make connections with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Studying this broad subject will allow you to discover your areas of interest and open the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.
What Does The Programme Include
You will undertake 12 core practical units including; using microscopes to see cell division, dissection of animals or plant systems, aseptic technique to study microbial growth, investigating activity in cells and investigating animal behaviour. You will study in a variety of ways including worksheets, quizzes, research, practice exam questions, practicals, skills assessments, lab books, extended reading, group work and independent study.
The standard requirement for A Levels at Stamford College is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/B in maths for all science subjects.
Each A Level subject has its own additional entry requirements, please see below:
Minimum grade 6/B or above in maths and 66 BB in Combined Science or Grade 6/B in maths and 6/B in Biology plus 6/B in Chemistry or Physics.
We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you. We offer an online interview which will explain the A Level programme and also allow for an informal chat with the tutor for each subject before an offer to study with us can be made to you.
Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success’ programme that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):
- Allowing you to change subject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑subject to availability
- Moving you between A‑Levels and a Level 3 Diploma if you are finding your current level too hard — subject to availability
- One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any further questions.
How The Course Will Be Assessed
During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support How you will be assessed: In addition, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 assessed practicals and write up all supporting information in a lab book.
It is recommended that you check the entry requirements for the degree courses / career paths you are considering. It is common to need chemistry and / or maths alongside biology. You will be expected to attend maths for biologists sessions once per week if you do not take maths. A lab coat and safety glasses are required for this course, these can be purchased from the college and will cost approximately £15 or you can use the ones we have. You will also need a scientific calculator. Please see our student support webpage https://www.stamford.ac.uk/college-life/support-services to see if we can help you with the purchase of these necessary pieces of equipment.
You will study 3 A Level subjects, plus tutorial and career development sessions. Each subject has 6 hours per week contact time, with approximately 4 hours of independent study.
Unfortunately we cannot accept students who only want to study a single A Level subject due to funding limitations.
Potential Future Career
Example job roles:
- Clinical Molecular Geneticist
- Nature Conservation Officer
- Research Scientist
- Secondary School Teacher
- Marine Biologist
Studying further degrees in:
- Sport and Exercise Science
You will study the following units:
- Biological molecules
- How organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- The control of gene expression
Learners benefit from a range of additional activities that broadens their experience and prepares them well for life after College.