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Biology A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

Students will be well organised, self motivated, enthusiastic and able to work independently. They should have a passion for Sciences and be interested in Biology as a whole subject. Those students willing to read and research around the subject will gain a much deeper understanding of the subject and ultimately will go on to obtain higher grades.

Course content

What will I study?

The first year of the Biology course builds on prior knowledge from GCSEs. Students are given practical opportunities to study cells, enzymes and DNA and later go onto look at the function of the heart and lungs. The advanced level considers principles central to Biology but allows students to study them in detail. Photosynthesis, respiration and energy synthesis are all considered, as well as populations and ecosystems, giving students a broad subject knowledge in preparation for their “next step”.


Unit 1 - Biology and Disease (33%)

Unit 2 - The Variety of Living Organisms (47%)

Unit 3 - Practical and Investigative Skills (20%)


Unit 4 - Populations and Environment (33%)

Unit 5 - Control in cells and in organisms (47%)

Unit 6 - Coursework - PSA (20%)

How will I learn?

You will learn in a variety of ways, including lectures, independent study/research, practical work and presentations.

The course requires academic study of topics, as well as application of knowledge, data interpretation, practical investigations and a basic level of mathematics (such as calculating percentage increases). The course can be quite content driven and require a lot of independent study.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* – C including English Language, GCSE Maths grade C, Core and Additional Science at BB or Biology grade B.


AS and A2 are assessed through exam and practical examination. There will also be continual assessment of your overall work throughout the year through the use of presentations, essays, homework and assignments.

Future opportunities

An A level in Biology, together with other A levels will enable you to follow a variety of courses at university e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Zoology, Horticulture and Microbiology. It has often proved to be an interesting and useful subject for those considering Teaching, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Laboratory work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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