Course Overview

Biologists study the largest mammals to the smallest of microscopic living things and sometimes even smaller! We do this to understand how an organism works, and also answer much more profound questions like "How did we evolve?", " How can we stop the spread of disease?", " Could life exist on another planet?" or "How can we measure the real impact of pollution and climate change here on Earth?"

A level Biology is an exciting course that could really help you start a career at the cutting-edge of modern science. It is one of the most popular A levels and one that many people need to get onto their chosen science-based degree. The list of biology careers is pretty long and includes: medicine, nursing, dentistry, forensic science, zoology, environmental science, conservation, marine biology, teaching, science writing, genetics and research.

The course is a linear examined course, which means all the formal exams are at the end of two years. This is really tough; there is no opportunity for you to resit so you only get one chance to succeed! You will need to be dedicated and committed to your classwork and revision – we will teach you the biology and help you all the way, but we can’t do the exam for you!

Course Structure

You will study a total of six Units over two years: 

  • Practical Skills in Biology
  • Foundations in Biology
  • Exchange and Transport
  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
  • Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-4 including Grade B/6 in English Language, maths and two sciences (either double award or singles including Biology).


On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to progress to: other Further Education study, Higher Education on a range of science-based degrees, employment or a Higher Apprenticeship.

Talk to our A level science tutors about your career plans to see if they think these courses will help you.

How You Will Be Assessed

You will be examined in three theory exams, taken at the end of the second year: 

Paper: 1 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 2 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 3 - 1hour 30minutes

In addition, you will produce a practical practical portfolio: 

Twelve practical activities, forming the practical endorsement. The endorsement is assessed in-class, not in an exam and is reported separately to your final grade.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].