York College

For more information about studying Biology at York College, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


Two year course.

What will I study?

This course is ideal for anyone who is fascinated by living things and how they work. Topics covered include cells, molecules, biodiversity, biotechnology and the environment.

This course allows you to develop practical skills and the conceptual knowledge of essential biological topics. The course relates each topic to meaningful and interesting contexts. It will also allow you to develop crucial transferable skills such as competence in mathematical techniques and problem solving.

There is an emphasis on practical skills taught in specialist Biology labs that are well-equipped, allowing you to work in small groups or individually.

Course content

AS Level

  • Development of practical skills
  • Cells, chemicals for lye, transport and gas exchange
  • Exchange and transport

A Level

  • Energy, reproduction and populations
  • Genetics, control and homeostasis

Practical endorsement activities are taught throughout the duration of the course.

Good course combinations

Biology works well with most subject combinations, and in particular Chemistry, Psychology and Physical Education.

What could it lead to?

Studying Biology develops the biological knowledge and skills to study a bioscience related degree. You will also gain a wealth of transferable skills such as problem solving, data analysis and teamwork that are valued in many degree programmes. Past students have studied a wide range of courses including; Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Marine Biology and Sports Studies.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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