Qualification type: A Level
Entry criteria (GCSE grades)
Science 6&6 (Higher Tier only) or 5 in Biology plus 5 in Maths
The course explores key biological principles: molecules and cells; physiologies of plants and animals along with genetics and use of gene technology in medicine and forensic science; disease and infectious pathogens in relation to lifestyle and the effect on human health; environment and effects of human impact; energy transfer through ecological systems. Investigative or practical skills are assessed throughout the course.
It is worth considering Biology with a complementary subject such as Chemistry, but this is not essential.
How the course is assessed
AS is assessed with two written papers covering any content from modules 1-4, including relevant practical skills. The two papers are each 1 hour 30 minutes long. Each paper has a 50% weighting. A Level is assessed with three written papers covering 1-4, 5-8 and 1-8 respectively. All papers also assess relevant practical skills.
At A level, if students meet the required competency of skills and techniques they will also receive a practical endorsement.
Students go on to a wide range of courses from Biology, including Medicine, Environmental Studies, Sports Science, Education and Natural Sciences.
Teacher responsible: Mr J Parks