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?

Our A-level students achieved an exceptional A-level pass rate of almost 100% (99.7%) in 2020 which puts us in the top 10% of colleges in England for value-added.

We support you to be the best you can be within your academic studies, as well as providing a world of enrichment opportunities. Through our unique Hartpury Certificate, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and experience that employers or universities are looking for.

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How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a diploma course or A-levels at Hartpury College please complete an online application

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 unable to complete an online application please contact

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