Course type:

A-level in Biology

If you have a genuine interest in the way living organisms work and how they interact with their environment. The course develops essential biological knowledge and understanding of key biological concepts.

You will learn how to analyse and evaluate scientific concepts from the destruction of tropical rainforests to gene cloning. You will 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.

A-levels are currently selected from three option blocks that have been grouped to maximise choice, with one choice from each block, and dedicated study time is allocated for A-level students living on site. The A-level timetable is specifically designed to allow students to access compulsory enrichment.

Some of these enrichment programmes enable students to gain an additional qualification that can boost their UCAS tariff points, such as pre-medicine, while the pre-veterinary programme is popular with A-level students hoping to study veterinary medicine at university. Others enrichment activities include astronomy club, conversational Spanish and recreational sport. Please note that places are limited on some enrichment programmes.

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!

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