Biology - A Level Intensive

Start Date: 9 September 2019
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Location: King's Cross Centre
Suitable for: School Leavers, International Students

About The Course

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either; the human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya, 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia, the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology, and the work they do is vital to us all.

What Will I Study?

Topics you will study include:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

What Will I Need?

For applicants aged under 18, the standard A Level programme will normally be recommended, however, applicants aged 18 and over will be considered for the A Level Intensive if they already have a proven record of achievement at advanced level. Please be aware that if you have already sat this exam at another school/ college and you wish to improve your grade by taking this course, then you will need to pay full fees.

To study this A Level Intensive, you will need:

  • Three GCSEs at grade 5 or above plus two further GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and a written subject (not including languages)
  • Grade 5 or above in Maths and Science
  • A reference from your previous school/college

​All applicants must take an entry test and have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them

How Will I Be Assessed?

During the year there will be formal internal assessments which you will need to pass in order to be entered into the final three public written examinations. You will also need to complete a practical endorsement assessment.

What Will It Cost?

School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

International Students

Course fees for international students, outside of the EU/EEA, vary depending on the course you’d like to study - please click here for more information.

What Can I Do After?

A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.

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