• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyAQA


Biology is a varied and fascinating subject. Biology is at the forefront of 21st century science as biologists continue to unlock the mysteries of life at an astounding pace.

This AS/A Level qualification provides the knowledge and skills needed to understand how biological systems work and to understand the very latest developments in all aspects of life sciences.

You will learn about the contribution of biology to society and the impact this science will have on our future.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

This is a linear course. The AS content is assessed at the end of the first year. Both AS and A2 content is assessed at the end of the second year.


  • Biological Molecules
  • Enzymes
  • Cells
  • Mitosis
  • Immunity
  • Digestion
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Gas Exchange
  • Classification
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Mutation and Meiosis
  • Biodiversity


  • Populations
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Nerves
  • Energy Flow
  • Homeostasis
  • Hormones
  • Muscles
  • Inheritance and Genetics
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Technology

September - June

Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including English at grade 5 or above.
  • Grade 6 in combined trilogy, or grade 6 in biology. Recommended grade 6 in maths and you should study core maths as a 4th subject if you are not studying A Level maths.

AS: Two 2 hour written papers each worth 50% of AS.

A2: Two 2 hour written papers each worth 35% of A2; one 2 hour written paper worth 30% of A2.

Note that the A2 exams cover both AS and A2 content.
Practical skills are endorsed separately and are completed during the course (6 practicals for AS and a further 6 practicals for A2).

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Past students have progressed onto a range of degree programmes at Middlesbrough College including the Fd/ BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Fd/BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation, Fd/ BA (Hons) Early Childhood Professional Studies, BA (Hons) Education, Fd/BA (Hons) Youth, Childhood and Community Studies and Fd/BSc Strength and Conditioning.

You can go on to study a wide range of courses at university, leading to careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Forestry
  • Marine Biology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Industry
  • Teaching

The skills which you develop by studying biology are transferable to a huge range of careers.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

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