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Biology A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

A Level Biology will cover units on Biodiversity; Exchange and Transport; Cells; Biological Molecules; Ecosystems; Control Systems; Genetics and Evolution; Energy for Biological Processes.

The AS qualification will no longer count towards the final grade of an A Level but will be a separate qualification in its own right. 

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in English Language or English Literature; B in Additional Science or Biology (Triple)


The assessment of practical work in Science will not contribute to the final A Level but will be reported separately in a certificate of endorsement. The exam board will set out requirements for practical skills. Each student will need to carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities. The written exams will include questions in the context of these, and other, practical activities. To get good marks, students will need to show knowledge and understanding of the experiments that they have gained through doing them.

Future opportunities

The course combines well with a variety of other subjects such as Chemistry, Health and Social Care, Sports Studies, Maths and Geography.  It can lead to a wide variety of further courses and occupations including: Medicine; Dentistry; Nursing; Physiotherapy; Forensic Science; Conservation; Environmental Science; Microbiology; Marine Biology; Biochemistry; Genetics; Plant Breeding; Teaching….and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 July 2015
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