Summary of course content:

The course consists of 6 modules of work, the first 3 of which are studied in year 12 and the remaining 3 during year 13. The unit titles are:

  1. Development of practical skills in Biology
  2. Foundations in Biology
  3. Exchange and transport
  4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  5. Communication, homeostasis and energy
  6. Genetics, evolution and ecosystems The practical skills element (module 1) will be conducted during both years and will be assessed in the terminal exams.

Progression and Career routes:

GCE Biology is used in many different areas. This course could lead to careers in areas such as Medicine, Nursing, Forensics, Veterinary Science, Environmental Science, Dentistry, Pathology, Biochemistry, and Physiotherapy or as an A-level to accompany other non-science subjects. Due to the demands of the course it is respected by Universities as a preferred subject for both science and non-science based courses at University or College

How to access this course:

You will require two Science or individual science subject grades at Grade 6. A grade 6 in Maths would also be desirable. You will need to have a genuine interest and a desire to understand in more detail, how the body works, and about the complicated relationships that exist between the living things on our planet. You must also have a willingness to read around the subject and appreciate that lessons are only a starting point for the development of your knowledge and understanding. You must be highly motivated and be able to work both independently and within a team. You must show a willingness to constantly learn and revise the content covered during the course.

A Level Assessment

There are three terminal exams at the end of the A level course. Paper 1 assesses content from units 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the final marks; paper 2 assesses content from units 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is also worth 37% of the final marks; paper 3 assesses content from units 1 to 6 and is worth 26% of the final marks. Papers 1 and 2 are 2 hours and 15 minutes in length, while paper 3 is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.