A-Level Biology

Start date(s):
30 Aug 2021
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
AQA (Assessment & Qualifications Alliance)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £1112 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

Biology is a topical and evolving subject. This course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems
to enzymes.

You will study biology and disease, the variety of living organisms, practical and investigative skills, populations and environment, and control in cells and organisms.

Similar courses...


A-Level Chemistry

This A-Level will explore how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current data.


Afternoon tea

Norwegians arrive

New College Durham Sixth Form welcomed Norwegian students from Elvebakken School in Oslo to study A-Levels.

Norwegian Party

Christmas Festivities

Our Norwegian and Sixth Form students embraced Christmas traditions during their end of term party.

SFC Results Day 2016 - group shot

Students celebrate impressive A-Level results

Students and staff from our Sixth Form Centre celebrated a 100% pass rate in 16 subjects.

Durham University

A-Level students visit Durham University

A-Level students visited Durham University as part of Welcome Week.

FE General student 3

Teesside University Open Day

The Sixth Form A2 students attended the Teesside University Open Day.

durham visit

Durham University visit

Our Sixth Form students visited Durham University to learn about the opportunities available through higher education.


Biology Week

Students got involved in fun and interesting life sciences activities, and discovered the amazing world of biosciences.

Flickr click

Forensic DNA

Our A-Level biologists had the opportunity to visit the Medical School at Newcastle University.

Rainton Park

Rainton Meadows nature reserve

Our A-level biology students visited Rainton Meadows nature reserve to observe different species and habitats.

Sixth Form Centre logo

Making the right choice at UCAS Higher Education Convention

Students attended the UCAS Higher Education Convention at Teesside University.

A-level results

Celebrating excellent A-Level results

The college has received an impressive set of A-Level results enabling students to be accepted onto top university courses.

Applied Science

Oxbridge visits for Sixth Form Students

12 of our AS students attended an Oxbridge student conference. 

Comic Relief 2015

Comic Relief 2015

Students raise a fantastic £482.69 for Comic Relief.

SFC Media 2

Bite the Ballot

Students took part in fun and interactive activities designed to inspire an interest in politics.

Main Building Students on Bench 3

Biology Week

New College Durham Science students celebrated Biology Week

A Level results news

Celebrating an astounding 97.9% pass rate

New College Durham students have been celebrating an 97.9% pass rate.

NCD Hosts norwegians

Sixth Form Centre hosts Norwegian Students

Twenty four students from Elvebakken College, Oslo, will be spending the following academic year studying with us.


  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Develop confidence and competence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.


Core content:
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessments, for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year which will help you track your progress.

Terminal exams will be in May/June.

Maths and English

Stobo Castle

Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


Work placements are an important part of the programme and you will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for a range of degree courses, such as Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Dentistry, Environmental Science, Medicine, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy or Veterinary Science.

Career opportunities in this subject area include Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Nursing, Forensic Science, Food Science and Biotechnology.

Meet our students

Charlie Cooke

Charlie Cooke

Charlie is now studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition at Leeds Beckett University and has set up a nutrition-based biochemistry and physiology website.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

*Enrolling on their first full Level 3 Course -Free
Campus Image 1

Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Refund policy square 2018/19

Refund Policy 20-21

View our refund policy for further and higher education programmes (page 2) and full cost courses.


Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College for an interview with one of our lecturers. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the College.
Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of five GCSEs at A*-C (or equivalent), including maths and English.

You will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language, maths, and Biology or Core and Additional Science (BB equivalent).

GCSE Applied Science is not an acceptable entry qualification for this subject.