What does the course involve?

How cells work, how you exchange materials with the environment, how different living organisms survive, how your body works: your heart, your blood and your lungs. You’ll study metabolism, respiration, photosynthesis, genetics and biodiversity. Biology is central to dealing with the most important issues facing the world today, including environmental problems, health and disease, food production and the benefits and hazards of new genetic technologies. It enables you to know and understand more about living organisms and the workings of the body. Through practical exercises and past key experiments, you will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works.

Course Outline

Course Components

Unit 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
Unit 2: Foundations in Biology
Unit 3: Exchange and Transport
Unit 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Unit 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
Unit 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Practical skills will be assessed in a written examination and through a practical endorsement.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths at grade 6, and at least two grade 6s in Science.


Biology is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. Links are made between the theory covered and real situations. Most common pathways are into biomedical science, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy and physiotherapy. Biology A Level opens so many doors for you and makes you scientifically literate as well as helping you to understand how your own body works.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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