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What is this subject about?


A-Level Biology

A-Level Biology Biology is the science behind life and all living things. If you’ve always wondered about natural science, plants and lifeforms this is a course for you. You will learn about the different areas of biology such as cells, organisms and genetic relationships. Discover the fascinating rules behind DNA and genes. Find out how organisms respond to different environments. Over the two years you will learn by undertaking a wide variety of activities including: individual work, group discussions, experiments, making models, watching videos and giving presentations. You will be expected to do a considerable amount of independent study and you may be required to attend extra support sessions.



Year One Over the course of the year you will study the following areas to give you a strong foundation in A Level Biology:

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology.

Module 2: Foundations in Biology (cell structure and biological molecules).

Module 3: Exchange and Transport with Plants and Animals. Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease.

Year Two The second year of the course builds on the first year and develops the concepts you learned in the first year.

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology (continued).

Module 5: Communications, Homeostasis and Energy.

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems.


How will I be assessed?


Your studies will prepare you for the following three papers which are sat at the end of the 2 year course. Paper 1: “Biological Processes” (37%). The first exam is 2h 15 min and will cover content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Paper 2: “Biological Diversity” (37%). The second exam is 2h 15 mins and will cover content from modules: 1, 2, 4 and 6. Paper 3: “Unified Biology” (26%). The final exam paper is 1h 30 mins and will cover content from all six modules. Practical Endorsement for Biology (non-exam assessment) You will complete 12 practical activities and record your work in a lab book which you can use as a portfolio to show at university interviews. To achieve a ‘pass’ you must successfully complete all 12 experiments and accurately record your results.

What next?


This course will be very helpful for pupils who will be interested in many different science related careers and university degrees. Some of the degrees you can access are Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Clinical Science, Life Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Physic