The course consists of 6 modules of work, the first 4 of which are studied in year 12 and the remaining 2 during year 13.
The unit titles are:
- Development of practical skills in Biology
- Foundations in Biology
- Exchange and transport
- Biodiversity, evolution and disease
- Communication, homeostasis and energy
- Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
The practical skills element (module 1) will be conducted during both years and will be assessed in the terminal exams.
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.
Grade 6 in GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics OR grade 66 in Combined Science. Additionally, a grade 6 or above in Maths is required to cope with the mathematical demands of this course.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The most obvious answer is that you must have an interest in the life sciences 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 be academically minded, there is a lot of content to be understood and learned.
Where could this course take you?
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.
What our students say
- “I enjoy the fact that what you study is quite diverse, from plants to animals”