Biology: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

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A Level Biology is a diverse, popular subject. The course content is related to topical issues, such as medical science, genetic engineering, biotechnology, and the environment, allowing you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of some of the key areas of biology.

It will enable you to build on your understanding and appreciation of scientific methods, whilst developing your confidence in mathematics and problem solving. It will also encourage you to take an interest in global scientific issues.

Course Content

The course at Loughborough College uses scientific, practical teaching and investigation wherever possible to ensure that you gain maximum enjoyment and become an enthusiastic biologist.

Year 1:

  • Biological molecules
  • Microscopy and cell structure of bacteria, plants, and animals
  • Cell division
  • Transport across cell membranes
  • Cell recognition and immunity
  • The importance of a gas exchange system in living organisms
  • Human gas exchange and what happens when things go wrong
  • Digestion of absorption of the food we eat
  • Cardiovascular system and oxygen carriage
  • DNA, genes, and chromosomes
  • Genetic diversity and mutation
  • Genetic diversity and adaptation
  • Classification of species
  • At the end of Year 1, you will sit two one-and-a-half-hour exams, each worth 50% of the AS qualification.

    Year 2

    • Photosynthesis
    • Energy transfer in an ecosystem
    • Respiration
    • Nutrient cycling
    • Responding to changes in the environment in different organisms
    • Nervous co-ordination
    • Muscles and muscle contraction
    • Homeostasis: controlling blood glucose and water level
    • Inheritance
    • Populations and evolution
    • Control of gene expression
    • Gene technology

    At the end of Year 2, you will sit two two-hour exams, each worth 35% of the full A Level, as well as third paper, worth 30%, which assesses your practical techniques.


Biology can be taken as part of a science-based programme, combined with Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics. Biology can also add a scientific element to a humanities-based programme.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Maths and Science (Double Science or two “traditional” sciences) at grade 6
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Progression Opportunities

There are various progression pathways and many students continue their studies at university. An A Level in Biology is a good basis for a range of subjects, including physiotherapy, biomedical science, biochemistry, nursing, food science, botany, zoology, and environmental science.

Other students gain employment in a science-related area.

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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

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College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASQBIO

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