Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade 6 in Biology if you followed the triple science course. Alternatively, 6-6 in the Biology modules of Combined Science. In each instance you need at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics or study Core Maths

In order to be able to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for AS/A2 Biology, it is important that students have acquired competence in certain areas of mathematics and have acquired good practical and Investigative skills at GCSE level. In the exams, a lot of emphasis is placed on the ability to interpret, analyse and explain. 

Core Content

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

What’s assessed A Level Paper 1


What’s assessed A Level Paper 2


What’s assessed A Level Paper 3


Skills Required:

All students will be asked to attend the Biology Field Course in the last week of the Summer Term in Year 12.  The cost is approximately £270.  Students and parents/guardians may wish to plan ahead for this event.  Detailed information will be given to Y12 students in September.

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Career Opportunities

Research, environmental sciences, microbiology, biotechnology, molecular biology, food science, education, Medical science (including bio-medical science), medicine/dentistry/veterinary studies, physiotherapy, nursing, pharmaceutical industry.