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A Level

Course Overview

Ever wondered how plants grow, how your own body works, how conservation projects work? Biology can give you the answers and you can develop your practical and analytical skills.

Study cell structure and cell division, DNA structure and function, ecology, biodiversity, human health, behaviour, genetics, the kidney, heart and lungs.

Biology combines well with all subjects and advice is available to help all students’ progress to study science at university and to enter a range of professions based on science.

Course Topics

  • Plant Biology
  • Cell structure
  • Heart structure
  • Lung structure
  • Stem cells
  • Conservation
  • DNA & Genetics
  • Biodiversity
  • Evolution
  • Immunity


Course Features

  • Good mathematical skills are needed to access and make progress in A Level Biology. As such, students wishing to study A Level Biology are advised to study either A Level Maths or A Level Statistics alongside.
  • A practical based course exploring a variety of biological aspects.
  • A course that will build your scientific vocabulary and develop your confidence.
  • A course that will help you understand the world around you and the functioning of your own body.

Ainsdale Trip

A team of students from A level Biology, under the guidance of their dedicated Teachers, set out on an ambitious mission to study the composition and biodiversity of the sand dunes nestled along the beautiful Ainsdale coastline. Armed with their scientific tools and unwavering curiosity, these bright minds spent the day meticulously collecting samples, documenting observations, and analysing data.


  • Exam: 100% (+ Practical Endorsement)
  • Awarding Body: OCR


  • 100% pass rate for the last 3 years.
  • 14% improvement in high grades last year alone.

Where Courses Become Careers

Studying Biology at the Sixth Form College gives you the opportunity to pursue a general or a more specialised Biology degree at university or even enter the job market directly and train with an employer such as the NHS. Throughout the course you will develop life-long learning skills.

Careers can include: Forensic Scientist, Conservation Biologist, Toxicologist, Geneticist, Environmental Consultant, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Zoologist, Marine Biologist, and Forester.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

We have many links with Staffordshire University and Staffordshire University Hospital who provide enrichment activities and open days throughout the year, exposing you to a variety of job opportunities and university level lab based work in the College’s brand new Science Centre.

Throughout the course you will also become a strong independent learner with excellent analytical and evaluative skills. You’ll be able to apply creativity and logic to solve problems, you’ll enhance your independent thought and you’ll develop your ability to discuss and communicate ideas.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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