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Farlingaye High School






Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

6 in any Science


Subject description:

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.


Core content:

  1. 1. Biological molecules
  2. 2. Cells
  3. 3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. 4. Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms
  5. 5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. 6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. 7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. 8. The control of gene expression


How the course is assessed:

Paper 1 - 2 hr - 91 marks - Topics 1-4

Paper 2 - 2 hr - 91 marks - Topics 5-8

Paper 3 - 2 hr - 78 marks - Topics 1-8


All papers contain a mixture of short and long response questions.


All papers also assess practical skills and knowledge. If students meet the required competency of skills and techniques they will also receive a practical endorsement.


Post-18 opportunities:

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.