Biology A Level

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Course Overview

In the first year of the course you will study biochemistry, cells and development as well as gas exchange and transport in both plants and animals. You will also study the environment, how variation helps species to survive and look at Darwin’s work.

In the second year you will add knowledge of photosynthesis and respiration, energy transfer, the nervous system, homeostasis, genetics and gene technology.

We follow the OCR specification A and the full specification can be found at

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years


A Levels

5 GCSEs at grades 9 – 5 including English at grade 5, GCSE 5 Maths and GCSE Science grade 6

Biology is best combined with at least one other mathematical or scientific subject, including psychology to double a core range of skills.

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.

Through written exams.

The A level is awarded on the basis of exams held at the end of the second year which cover the full course.

There is a separate practical grade awarded on the basis of the practical reports completed over the two year programme.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are a resident in the UK and the European Economic Area or have been for the last 3 years. You must be under 19 years old on 31st August in the calendar year you start your course.

For learners 19+ years old, please contact the Customer Services team on 0161 886 7070 for course and fee information

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