Oldham Sixth Form College


Biology (A Level)

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I enjoy Biology as we develop prior knowledge to a whole new level which is in-depth, and there is a great variety in what we learn, studying a wide range of topics from cell biology to immunology to ecology.

Biology (A Level)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 and 2
    100% exam (3 x 2hr exams at the end of year 2) and Practical Endorsement
  • Exam board
  • Specific entry requirements
    Two Grade 5s in GCSE Science.


What Will You Learn?

Biology is everywhere, it is the study of life on this planet, how it formed and how it has changed. You are the product of 3 billion years of evolutionary success.

Biology is attacking us, from ebola viruses to genetic diseases such as haemophilia. Biology helps us understand more about the causes of disease and new ways to combat them.

Biology is fighting for us. You are infected with at least 4 different pathogens every hour, most of which you don’t even notice, as your immune system stands guard and eradicates foreign invaders before they can make us ill.

Biology is saving us. With rapid genome sequencing now possible, personalised medicines based on our unique DNA and environment will revolutionise disease treatment.

Biology is the future. Humanity depends on the development of sustainable ecosystems, reducing climate change and efficient food production for a growing population, all of which stems from advances in Biotechnology.


Year 1

  • Biological Molecules - organic molecules, enzymes and nucleic acids.
  • Cells - structure, division, membranes and immunity.
  • Exchange - gas exchange, circulatory system and plant transport.
  • Genetic Variation - DNA, evolution and biodiversity.

Year 2

  • Energy Transfers - nutrient cycles, photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Response to Changes - Nerves, muscles and homeostasis.
  • Genetics in Populations - Inheritance, selection and ecosystems.
  • Gene Technology and Expression.

Special Features

  • All lessons are delivered in state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • There is a practical based approach to learning with 12 required practicals and many other experiments to support the development of investigative skills.
  • There are a range of enrichment opportunities via Aspiring Medics Programme, STEM Oxbridge group, Teentech project, Nuffield research placements and Biology Olympiad.
  • Subject-specific workshops are organised to support learners.
  • Visits to Ainsdale sands for sampling, Chester zoo and various local universities are all part of the experience of studying Biology.
  • All students studying a science course are able to become a Science Ambassador. This allows students to take part in events both at college and external trips to local universities and to promote science to younger students from local secondary and primary schools.

Where Will This Lead?

Recent Biology students have gone on to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacy, Optometry, Radiography, Physiotherapy and Biomedical research.