The course is aimed at students who are interested in the biological sciences and who may wish to pursue a medical or science related course at univeristy. It is a popular and challenging course, which will develop an understanding of key biological topics at a more detailed level, aswell as practicing a more advanced choice of investigative skills in the laboratory setting.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above including two in GCSE Science.

How the course is taught

The course is taught through a variety of interactive teaching, including practical activity, student-led activities and guest speakers. There may also be an opportunity for field trips for example to Newcastle RVI hospital and the Life Centre.


What areas are covered by the course?

The course covers cell microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, food and nutrition, DNA and genetics, biodiversity and evolution.


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through two written exams and one practical exam. Practical skills are assessed through a series of ‘required practical’ investigations to assess experimental skills and techniques at a more advanced level.


Career Opportunities

The study of biology can lead to careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Sports Sciences. Career opportunities also exist in areas such as Public Health including medical specialisms, Environmental Sciences, Forensic careers, Marine Biology and Zoology.