Course Overview

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 individuals to know and understand more about living organisms and the workings of the body.

The aim of the A Level course is to allow students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology. This will include gaining essential knowledge and an understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other.

Students on the course will be able to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. At the same time, through practical exercises and the study of past key experiments, students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including:
- Maths at grade 6
- English at grade 5
- at least two grade 6s in Science.

If you are not also studying A Level Maths, and you have a 6 Maths you will be asked to study AS Core Maths in your first year alongside your other courses.


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. There are a range of apprenticeships within the science field that are promoted.

We have students that have secured placements with local care homes and St John’s Ambulance to help support their application to university.

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

Solomon McNeil

“Biology has been such an interesting and enjoyable course. The teachers are very good at making sure you understand everything. They are very passionate about making sure that not only do you learn all the content, but that you also find Biology fun.”

Solomon McNeil

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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