A-level Biology

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

Biology is always in the news: genetic engineering, stem cells, endangered species, DNA fingerprinting, food safety, pollution, new diseases and new ways to treat them. Biological developments affect our lives in many ways. This course will give you a better understanding of biological issues in later life or prepare you for the study of biology at a higher level.


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Ideal if:

You have an interest in the living world and the place of human beings in it.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:

  • Cell structure and division, biological molecules and enzymes
  • Transport in animals and plants
  • Biodiversity
  • Disease prevention and the immune system
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Neuronal and hormonal communication
  • Photosynthesis
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Ecosystems


This course will give you a better understanding of biological issues in later life or prepare you for the  study of biology at a higher level.

You’ll go on to:

This course will prepare you to continue your studies at university, particular Biology related degrees in Biosciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nursing, Veterinary, Medicine, Pharmacy, Paramedicine, Environmental Science, Animal Science and NHS careers such as Midwifery, Radiography. While studying the course, you will develop your enquiry skills, and your ability to evaluate data and draw valid conclusions.   There are a number of career pathways that you could choose:

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Vet
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Radiographer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Science Journalism
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Dietician
  • Research Scientist


Applied Science & Forensics


A-level Biology

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years


Jade Lewis Geo-Environmental Technician for Kiwa CMT Testing

"Studying A-levels in geology, biology and environmental studies at the College helped me gain a place on a geology degree at university and made the first year especially, that little bit easier. I now work in the chemistry department at a testing house laboratory for construction materials. I deal mainly with contaminated land and remediation, doing site work or office based work, but also petrography work using our microscope, or helping out in the lab testing concretes and mortars. I also occasionally help the geotechnical department."

Applied Science & Forensics

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