This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).
If taken in combination with two IB courses and a vocational course, students will be taking the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway).
All students taking A level science will have to complete 12 required practicals in each science subject. Students will be assessed on a range of skills and competencies and will be awarded a pass or fail for these at the end of year 13. Whilst obtaining the practical endorsement will have no effect on the overall grade, universities have informed the exam boards that any student wishing to study science at university will need to pass the practical component of the course. The content and skills covered in the practicals will also be examined in the written papers and so students will need to make sure that they complete all required practicals.
6 in GCSE biology or 6 6 in combined science and grade 5 in English GCSE are required.
A Level permits entry into many top universities and other higher educational institutions. Courses to consider are medicine, biochemistry, zoology, physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, scientific research, conservation and teaching.
A Level biology is highly regarded by employers and can lead into many professions since it is classified as a 'facilitating subject'.