This two-year course will teach you all about the science of life, including the major systems of the human body, as well as the interactions of organisms in their environment and principles behind evolution and genetics.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Doctor, paramedic, midwife, nurse, physiotherapist, environmentalist, and teacher.

Biology, medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiotherapy, veterinary science, nursing, midwifery, and teaching.

Topics you'll cover


  • Biological molecules and cell structure
  • Genetic information, variation, and relationships between organisms.


  • Energy transfers and metabolic activities
  • Organism response to changes in environment
  • Genetics, populations, evolution, and ecosystems.

Assessment and Qualification

  • 12 practicals across two years
  • Three written exams
  • Exam board: AQA
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • English and science (double award or Biology) GCSEs at six or above, maths at five or above and two other GCSEs at four or above.

What students say about the course

"Biology at this college is amazing. The lessons are exciting and the topics are varied so everyone will study an area that interests them. I particularly enjoyed studying the organism’s response to internal and external environments and had the opportunity to attend some twilight sessions with my class at the local university, where we did a neurological experiment with PhD students. As a result, and thanks to advice from my teacher, I plan to complete a Masters of Neuroscience at the University of Southampton. There are so many careers that this subject could lead to and we get given great careers advice and direction."

Lorna Cotter, previously at Hounsdown School

Additional information


  • Twilight Biology at Southampton University
  • LifeLab at Southampton General Hospital.


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.