Course Location


Cheadle College



Course Overview

Did you know that Biology at The Cheadle College is in the top 25% nationally for progression?

Biology is a tremendously varied and enjoyable subject, enabling students to develop valuable knowledge and skills.

The course is designed to provide a grounding and real-life contextualisation of all aspects of Biology including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Ecology, Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Students develop their biological knowledge through a variety of means: interactive tasks, independent learning, group work and laboratory practicals.

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years


A Levels

General entry requirements for our A Levels include 5 GCSEs grade 5 or above, including English and/or Maths. For A Level Biology we are looking for applicants with a 6-6 in Combined Science or a 6 in GCSE Biology and either Chemistry or Physics.

The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.You must be passionate about Biology with a determination to succeed. In addition, it will be useful for you to study another Science or Maths at A level, although this is not compulsory. We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis at interview.

Your practical skills will develop through a range of core practical’s gaining the ‘practical skills endorsement’ at the end of the second year as you begin to develop your own methods to gather information.You will work individually and with your peers in a variety of activities including practical’s, discussions, fieldwork, and modelling theories.

Our highly trained team will monitor your progress using rigorous and accurate assessment methods and use the information to support you throughout your two years, offering you dedicated support sessions. We have a highly trained and experienced team who will use their expertise to help every student make progress in their studies. We also have a dedicated work placement team to help you secure a placement in your chosen field including medicine and working with animals.Students have progressed from here to study Biology related degrees at many top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

As well as studying key concepts such as biological molecules, cell structure and function, movement of molecules, exchange and transport in animals and plants, genetic variation, classification, biodiversity, photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient cycles, energy transfer, stimuli and response, nerves, homeostasis, muscles, populations, gene expression and gene technology you will build a variety of transferable skills in the two years including data analysis, communication, organisation, practical and the ability to work in a team.

Biology is an essential qualification for a number of health related courses. It also develops valuable practical and problem solving skills that are useful for employemnt and higher education.

Research Scientist, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Science Teacher, Nurse, Bioengineer and many more…

We will build on the core principles you have learned at GCSE and develop and extend your skills and knowledge of this fascinating subject. This course is assessed purely by exams in the summer term of the second year.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are a resident in the UK and the European Economic Area or have been for the last 3 years. You must be under 19 years old on 31st August in the calendar year you start your course.

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