Biology A Level

Overview

Biology is a tremendously varied and enjoyable subject, enabling students to develop valuable knowledge and skills.

The course is designed to provide a grounding and real-life contextualisation of all aspects of Biology including Cell Biology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Ecology, Molecular Biology and Genetics.  

Students develop their biological knowledge through a variety of means: interactive tasks, independent learning, group work and laboratory practicals. There is no compulsory dissection.

What goes well with this course?

  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Social Care

Progression

A Biology qualification can lead to a host of opportunities and not just in the medical field. Biotechnology is a fast expanding area that requires enthusiastic Biologists. Our fragile Earth needs scientists to develop new technologies to ensure we can provide for future generations.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Genes and inheritance
  • Biodiversity, conservation, evolution
  • Ecology and ecosystems
  • Infection and immunity
  • Muscles and nerves

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Biology A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A field-trip in the second year to Juniper Hall, Dorking.  This provided students with the opportunity to learn sampling techniques in Coastal, Woodland, Grassland and Fresh Water Ecology
  • The chance to work as a Nuffield Science placement student
  • A trip to London Zoo as part of Activities Week, that included a workshop on animal behaviour.  

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

Biology A Level is assessed through 100% examinations and will follow the Pearson Edexcel Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) specification.

 

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum combination of GCSE grades, either:  

  • Grade 6 in Maths (Higher Tier), 5 in English Language and 6 in Biology or 6, 6 in Combined Science, or
  • Grade 5 in Maths (Higher Tier), 5 in English Language and 7 in Biology or 6,7 in Combined Science

Students will enjoy this course and be successful if they:

  • Have a genuine interest in the living world
  • Are committed and work hard
  • Enjoy researching new ideas
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills

Students should be good at working with numbers and enjoy problem solving.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Biology A Level information leaflet.

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