Course type:

A-level in Biology

Do you have a genuine interest in the way living organisms work and how they interact with their environment?  The Biology A-level develops essential biological knowledge and understanding of key biological concepts.

You'll learn how to analyse and evaluate scientific concepts from the destruction of tropical rainforests to gene cloning. You'll also learn to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

A-level Biology is valued by universities and employers alike, and opens many doors to wide and varied career choices including veterinary medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy.

Biology can be combined with a wide range of other A-level subjects. The combination will depend upon future career plans and option blocks. Students wishing to enter the area of Medicine, Veterinary or Equine Science commonly combine Biology with Mathematics and Chemistry.

For a career in the Sporting arena Biology combines well with PE. Studying Biology alongside Psychology or Geography gives a variety of possible career paths and the subjects work well together.

Ultimately, Biology can be combined with virtually any other subject.

At Hartpury, we follow the OCR exam specification for A-level Biology. For further information, please click here.

For A-level, Biology staff also deliver Pre-Vet, Biological Skills and offer supervised study to further enhance academic progress and progression opportunities. Some are also examiners with the relevant exam boards.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language, as well as:

GCSE grade 6 or above in Mathematics and either a grade 6 or above in Biology or grades 76 or above in Combined Science.

Why study A-levels at Hartpury College?

Hartpury College is not like a traditional sixth form college. Studying on our specialist College and University Centre campus offers unrivalled opportunities to expand your horizons and achieve your ambitions, from getting a place at the university you want to opening the door to your dream job.

We’ll give you all the care and support you need but we’ll also treat you as an adult and an individual.

Our A-level offer is unique – combining academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport or riding commitments and their studies. You’ll also have access to our exceptional sport, equine and animal and land facilities within a thriving international community. Plus there’s no school uniform of course!

Our students have achieved excellent results with us and many progress on to the UK’s top universities. We’ve even had an Oxbridge offer and other students have gone on to secure sports scholarships in the USA!

How to apply

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Apply now

We’re currently working on online applications but, in the meantime, to apply to study for a Diploma course, A-levels or an apprenticeship at Hartpury College, you’ll need to download and complete this application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus. If you are successful at interview, we will send you written confirmation of your offer on the course - subject to you achieving the required GCSE grades (there will be a form on the website for you to provide us with these on results day). Accommodation and transport details will be sent with this letter (confirmation offer) if you requested this. Please note you cannot apply for transport or accommodation unless you have been offered a place.

Get ready to start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment and the kit and books you may need before you start. There will be various forms you need to complete and send back to us before you start in September. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page

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