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Biology A Level at Stanground Academy

Course description

Biology is a science at the forefront of some of the most exciting and sensitive issues in the news today.  Are you intrigued when you hear about the medical developments in genetic engineering?  Do you want to know why cells divide and what are the causes of cancer?  Or are you concerned with the threat of global extinction and the devastation being caused by global warming?  Studying biology A level will enable you to learn more about these issues of interest.


Course content

You will study topics that you are familiar with from GCSE, but at a much deeper and more challenging level. In Year 1/AS you will cover cell structure, biological molecules, exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease. Year 2 takes you into more depth into homeostasis, communication, energy, genetics, evolution and ecosystems. You will study these topics both through plants and animals giving you a sound background for any biological based career or further education.


Units covered in Year 1:

You will study 4 units:

– Development of practical skills.

– Foundations in Biology.

– Exchange and transport.

– Biodiversity, evolution and disease.


Units covered in Year 2

You will study 3 units:

– Practical skills in Biology

– Communication, homeostasis and energy

– Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

5+ A*-B grades, including C or above in English and mathematics and grade B in biology or grade A in additional science.


Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics. They will be externally assessed through written papers set by OCR. You will also be assessed by your teacher for the Practical Endorsement, for which you will carry out a minimum of 12 tasks during the course.

Further information


Achieving an A level in biology can lead to a wide range of careers or degree courses. You can go on to study biomedical sciences, pharmacy, psychology, biochemistry, biology, zoology, medicine, veterinary science and microbiology amongst other rewarding subjects at university. Biology is also an excellent A level for entry to non-science careers or degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanground Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years