Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
- If you enjoyed the biology units of your GCSE course and want to know more about these topics in greater depth and complexity, then this may be the course for you.
There are a number of skills that are developed, such as:
- How to collect data and evaluate it
- How to investigate facts and use deduction
- How to put your point of view across effectively
- How to take responsibility for your own learning
Students Suited To The Course
Students that enjoy the practical aspect of biology, have a natural curiosity about the living world works and can work independently are well suited to the course. It is important to have an understanding that there are also huge literacy and mathematical components to the course.
What Other Subjects It Combines Well With
Students who take Biology A Level often combine it with a wide range of subjects. However, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Geography all work particularly well in combination with Biology.
Trips and visits, Biology Challenge, Biology Week.
The course is split into ten discrete topic areas, with five being studied in Year 12 and five in Year 13. Each topic builds on what was studied at GCSE and takes the subject into more depth and complexity.
- Topic 1: Biological Molecules
- Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
- Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity
- Topic 4: Exchange and Transport
- Topic 5: Energy for Biological Processes
- Topic 6: Microbiology and Pathogens
- Topic 7: Modern Genetics
- Topic 8: Origin of Genetic Variation
- Topic 9: Control Systems
- Topic 10: Ecosystems
How will it be delivered?
There are three papers consisting of a range of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions:
Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes long (90 marks) with 30% weighting
Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes long (90 marks) with 30% weighting
Paper 3: 2 hours 30 minutes long(120 marks) with 40% weighting
There is no coursework, but there is a practical component to the course. Students are expected to complete specific core practical-based questions also in the exams. There is also a teacher-assessed practical competency. This is reported alongside the A level grade, but does not count towards the grade. 10% of the assessment will also be assessing mathematical skills.
GCSE grade7 in Biology or grade 7 in the Biology paper for GCSE Combined Science, with grade 5 in Mathematics and in English Language.
Your next steps...
With A Level Biology, you can go on to study a range of related courses at university. There are too many to list, but examples include Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry, Forensics, Nursing, Zoology, Sports Science, Veterinary Science and Microbiology. There are many diverse careers that involve biology, such as medicine, care work, the emergency and uniformed services, healthcare, laboratory science and environmental science to name a few.