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Biology - A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Biology
Code W14
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


This course is aimed at students who have demonstrated a sound understanding of biology at their GCSE studies and who are looking to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject further.  Students should have an ability to:

  • Follow and develop practical instructions
  • Record and interpret data in a range of formats
  • Use a wide range of resources to consolidate concepts
  • Work in teams, employing different learning strategies
  • Use and apply mathematical techniques
  • Work independently

Learning will take place through:

  • Teacher led activities and interactive teaching introducing new material
  • Practical experiments and modelling
  • Regular homework tasks to consolidate new material and research new concepts
  • The use of dedicated text books and revision guides
  • The use of past exam questions and mark schemes
  • Student centred activities
  • Working in groups to solve problems and develop ideas
  • Develop analytical skill in response to experimentation data

Enrichment activities and independent learning

  • There will be informal drop in / revision sessions available to support classroom learning and aid student progress throughout the course.
  • You will be expected to work more independently and take responsibility for your own learning as well as be prepared to work as part of a group, giving and receiving help from other students.



Throughout the course you will develop many essential skills including critical and independent thinking.

You will design and record your own investigations, process and evaluate data, conduct research and also make conclusions based on the reliability, accuracy and validity of data collected.

The course covers a wide range of exciting topical areas:

  • Biology molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetics information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolutions and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: written exam - 2 hours, 35% of A Level - Biological molecules, cells, organism exchanges with the environment, genetic information variation

Paper 2: written exam - 2 hours, 35% of A Level - Energy transfers, organism responses to changes in the environment, genetics populations evolution and ecosystems, control of gene expression

Paper 3: written exam - 2 hours, 30% of A Level - Questions on any content from the specification, including relevant practical skills, alongside an essay style question

Practical endorsement: in-house assessment of practical biology skills

Your next steps...

Biology can lead to many careers including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nutrition, nursing and midwifery.

The subject also supports careers in the other sciences as well as geography, psychology, physical education etc.

Many students chose to progress on to university to continue their studies in the subject related areas.


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