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AS/A Level Biology

Programme Description



Biology is a very popular AS subject and is listed as a ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell Group universities. It is an academic subject that helps give you the widest options when applying to university due to the rigour and range of skills needed to study it successfully. The course offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy the practical, research and academic side of the subject.  However, it is one of the more challenging academic subjects; requiring sustained commitment, attention to details and meeting of deadlines. Biology is a great choice for those wanting to pursue a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, marine biology or forensic science.


Programme Features



A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career It is a vital subject for anyone who is thinking of working in health care, pharmaceuticals, the food industry, environmental science and a wide range of other careers.


Progression & Employment



Many of our students go on to read a biologically related degree whilst others use their biology qualification to secure places to read law, computing, accounting, languages or humanities. So, whatever field you eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career. 

A student who studied Biology Alevels@CSG and achieved an A* in 2013, went on to read Medicine in Cardiff, where she excelled as one of the highest achievers. She recently took up a post in Prince Charles hospital, as a qualified junior doctor, in August 2018.

A2 2018 – 87% A* - C – best in local South Wales FE colleges.


Programme Assessment



How will I be assessed?

AS units are assessed through two written examination papers (40% of full A level) and,

A2 units assessed through two written examinations (50%) and a practical examination (10%).


Programme Entry Requirements



Minimum BB grades for GCSE Core (higher)/Additional Sciences

Minimum B grade in GCSE Mathematics (Intermediate/Higher tier).


Additional Costs



All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and you may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.