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Biology A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Studying A level Biology develops and demonstrates a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods. You will develop a competence and confidence in practical, mathematical and problem solving skills. You will have an appreciation for how society make decisions about scientific issues and how science as a whole contributes to the success of the economy and society.

The Biology specification is designed to provide opportunities for students to appreciate a sense of awe and wonder at the scale and impact of natural processes and phenomena: the importance of animals, plants and microorganisms to life on Earth; the place of humankind in the natural world; legal issues relating to genetic engineering; how society makes decision about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Course content

The course is very diverse and covers the most popular aspects of Biology. The specification is divided into 6 modules:

 Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology

 Module 2 – Foundations in biology

 Module 3 – Exchange and transport

 Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

 Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

 Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

To study any science at A level a student must achieve 6 A*-C and a minimum of these must be 2 at grade B or above. Students with C grades in Science will be allowed to study the sciences if they have achieved the minimum of a grade C on the externally assessed exams.


The modules will be assessed through three written examinations, one of which is a synoptic paper and through practical work referred to as ‘practical endorsements’.

Future opportunities

By studying A-level Biology you firstly show your ability in many key skills that both universities and employers are looking for. These include skills in practical work, problem solving, collaboration, ICT and numeracy.

Regarding employment, the subject can be used in a wide variety of job sectors including Medicine, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Research, Genetics, Forensics, Microbiology, Conservation, Zoology and Botany. The course also develops transferrable skills that can support other degree courses such as Law

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years