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A-Level Biology

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

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. 


Entry Require­ments

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 enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles:

  • Doc­tor
  • Clin­i­cal Mol­e­c­u­lar Geneticist
  • Nature Con­ser­va­tion Officer
  • Phar­ma­col­o­gist
  • Phys­io­ther­a­pist
  • Nurse
  • Research Sci­en­tist
  • Vet
  • Sec­ondary School Teacher
  • Marine Biol­o­gist
  • Den­tist

Study­ing fur­ther degrees in:

  • Biol­o­gy
  • Psy­chol­o­gy
  • Sport and Exer­cise Science
  • Med­i­cine
  • Anato­my
  • Phys­i­ol­o­gy
  • Pathol­o­gy
  • Bio­chem­istry
  • Bio­med­i­cine
  • Phar­ma­col­o­gy
  • Tox­i­col­o­gy
  • Phar­ma­cy
  • Chem­istry

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Bio­log­i­cal molecules
  • Cells
  • 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


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Learn­ers ben­e­fit from a range of addi­tion­al activ­i­ties that broad­ens their expe­ri­ence and pre­pares them well for life after College.




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