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Specific Course Entry Requirements

Combined Science minimum of 6-6 grade,  5 in English and 6 in Maths


Biology A-level is a rigorous academic subject and we strongly advise taking either another Science or Maths Statistics with this A-level to succeed in this course. Additional study will be required if you study Biology in isolation. Good literacy and language skills are required to succeed in this subject 

Examination Levels Offered A-Level
Examination Board AQA


Biology A-level is linear. Assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years study. Students will be expected to complete a formal end of year test at the end of Year 12.

Biology is one of the most dynamic fields of study in terms of the practical - stem cell therapy; the conceptual - the synthetic cell; and the future-memory augmentation surgery. Biology is the study of the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. This course covers a variety of different areas of Biology including Human Physiology, Ecology, Biochemistry and Genetics. Each topic is presented using a real world setting. If you want to explore the environment around you, the interactions of organisms inhabiting it and their structure, then this is the course for you. 

Year 12 - AS Level Course 

  • Paper 1 - 50% of the total qualification, 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks
  • Paper 2 – 50% of the total qualification, 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks

Year 13 - A-Level Course 

  • Paper 1 - 35% of the overall qualification, 2 hours, 91 marks
  • Paper 2 - 35% of the overall qualification, 2 hours, 91 marks
  • Paper 3 - 30% of the total qualification, 2 hours, 78 marks

Paper 3 consists of 53 marks of structured and critical analysis questions and 25 marks essay from a choice of two titles.

  • Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Organisms exchange substance within the environment
  • Topic 4: Genetic information
  • Topic 5: Energy transfers in between organisms
  • Topic 6: Response to the environment
  • Topic 7: Genetics and Evolution
  • Topic 8: Control of Gene Expression


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