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September 2 Years 3 Part-Time - Day Bede Campus A-Levels
September 2 Years 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

Biology is the study of living things. A-Level Biology provides the opportunity to build on your knowledge from GCSE, taking core concepts and their applications and developing theories to gain a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of organisms and the world around us.

This course is ideal if you are interested in the biological sciences. If you are enthusiastic and motivated the course will give you an ideal platform from which to launch your career into biomedical sciences, life sciences, forensic science and medicine.
You will study 8 units during this two year programme.

A-Level Biology is assessed by three externally marked examinations alongside the practical work which assessed throughout the two years to achieve your practical endorsement.

You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9 including Science at grade 6, or Biology and another science at grade 6, as well as a grade 6 in Maths.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE There are no costs to study this A-Level however there may be contributing costs associated with external visits. You will need to provide your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook.

On this course you will learn through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, practical sessions, discussion activities and external visits.

Independent learning skills will be developed through research activities and extended study tasks.

You will develop your practical skills and carry out independent research linked to laboratory work. You will complete twelve assessed practical sessions throughout your two years of study which will contribute to your practical endorsement.

Maths and English are very important subjects and will equip you with key skills that will help you to achieve your best in your A-Level studies and progression towards your future career.

In order to study A-Level Biology, you will need to have achieved GCSE maths at a minimum of grade 6.

The sixth form day is 9am-4.15pm, Monday to Friday.You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 45min per week across three separate lessons.

Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that you study and will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources during study periods will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, whilst developing important time management, organisation and independent study skills.

In year 12 you will study: Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms and Exchange, Genetics, variation and relationships

In year 13 you will study: Energy transfers, Responses to change, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, Control of gene expression.

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What’s next?

Biology is a key subject for many STEM careers, particularly those linked to medicine and healthcare. After successfully completing this course you could progress on to an honours degree in many subject areas including medicine, dentistry, nursing, zoology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetic counselling and forensic science.

Alternatively you could progress onto an HND in Biological Science or seek employment at entry level in the industry.

Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.