Biology A-level

2 years

Course Details

  • Are you interested in how the cellular nature of life relates to the living processes common to all organisms?
  • Do you want to understand why some organisms need special adaptations in order to exchange materials with their environment and others don’t?
  • Ever wondered what controls embryonic cells to specialise into bone, muscle and nerves?

If so, then choose Biology.

  • Cells
  • Exchange and transport
  • Molecules
  • Biodiversity
  • Food
  • Health

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Biology or 6/6 in GCSE Dual Science. You must also have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

OCR A-level Biology (H420)
  • Examination – Paper 1 (Biological Processes)
  • A-level (37%) 2.25 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Biological Diversity)
  • A-level (37%) 2.25 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3 (Unified Biology)
  • A-level (26%) 1.30 hours
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
A wide range of careers are opened up to students who study A-level Biology including; Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.


University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.