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Biology A Level at Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

Year 12

In Year 12 students study:

  • Development of Practical Skills
  • Foundations in Biology
  • Exchange and Transport
  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Year 13

At A Level the topics covered are those in Year 12 plus:

  • Communications, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Entry requirements

Grade BB in GCSE Science and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics although at least one A grade is advisable.

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50


Students will sit terminal exams consisting of 3 papers.

Paper 1 & 2 will last 2hr 15mins and have a weighting of 37% each towards the final mark.

Paper 3 will last 1hr 30mins and has a weighting of 26%.

The course has a non-exam assessed practical skills component which is reported separately from the final Grade as a Practical Endorsement.

Future opportunities

Biology can lead to a wide range of degree courses and careers in science such as Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Zoology, Marine Biology, Ecology and Nature Conservation. It is a necessary prerequisite for many health related careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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