Course Location


Marple College



Course Overview

Biology at Marple Sixth Form College is in the top 25% nationally for progress. Biology is the science of life.
In Biology, you will study how organisms function and interact with each other. Biology is an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in genetics and in the fight against disease.

Further Details


College 16-18

Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years


A Levels

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including a minimum of a grade 5 in English Language and 5 in Maths. For A Level Biology we are looking for applicants with a 6-6 in Combined Science or a 6 in GCSE Biology and either Chemistry or Physics.
You must be passionate about Biology with a determination to succeed. In addition, it will be useful for you to study another Science or Maths at A level, although this is not compulsory.

Your practical skills will develop through a range of core practical’s gaining the ‘Practical Skills Endorsement’ at the end of the second year as you begin to develop your own methods to perform practical’s. You will work individually and with your peers in a variety of activities including practical’s, discussions, fieldwork and modelling theories.

Our highly trained team will monitor your progress through rigorous and accurate assessment and use the information to support you throughout your two years. We also have a dedicated work placement team to help you secure a placement in your chosen field including Medicine and working with animals. Students have progressed from here to study Biology related degrees at many top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

As well as studying key concepts such as biological molecules, cell structure and function, movement of molecules, exchange and transport in animals and plants, genetic variation, classification, biodiversity, photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient cycles, energy transfer, stimuli and response, nerves, homeostasis, muscles, populations, gene expression and gene technology you will develop a variety of transferable skills including data analysis, communication, organisation, practical and the ability to work in a team.

Biology is an essential qualification for a number of health related courses. It also develops valuable practical and problem solving skills that are useful for employemnt and higher education.

Research Scientist, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Science Teacher, Nurse, Bioengineer and many more…

This course is assessed purely by 3 exams in the summer term of the second year, each 2 hours long.
Paper 1 examines year 1 content and practicals.
Paper 2 examines year 2 content and practicals. Paper 3 covers both years of study and includes a 25 mark essay question.
A minimum of 10% of the questions are based on Maths.
A minimum of 15% of the questions will be based on practical work.

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