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Biology A Level at Bishop Heber High School

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. It is one of the most popular A-level subjects in the country and will help you to develop a wide range of data handling, investigation and evaluation skills. Biology is a great choice of subject for independent students who want a career in health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.


Course content

The AS qualification requires you to study four units. The main topics of study for AS are:

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Two AS examinations will assess these topics, as well as your practical skills knowledge, at the end of Year 12.


The A-level qualification requires you to study a further four units:

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression 

Three A-level examinations will assess all 8 topics at the end of Year 13. You will also complete a lab book evidencing 12 specified practicals. 

A-level students will be expected to complete Biology fieldwork in Year 13. The fieldwork is on Anglesey and we stay at the Conway Centre.

Entry requirements

To take A-level Biology, a minimum Grade C is required in Additional (Higher) or Separate Science (Biology). 




How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Heber High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 August 2016

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