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*Biology A-Level at President Kennedy School

Course description

This course has been developed for students who wish to continue with a study of Biology after GCSE. All students will follow a Biology course for two years as an Advanced GCE. The course will prepare students for progression into higher education, to follow courses in Biology, Medicine, Genetics, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of Biology would be useful.

The course is divided into biological topics, each containing different key concepts of Biology. Once the key features of a biological topic have been developed, applications are considered. The aims of the course are to:

• develop student interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology.

• appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

• develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works.

Course content

Topic 1: Biological Molecules

Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things

Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity

Topic 4: Exchange and Transport

Topic 5: Energy for Biological Processes

Topic 6: Microbiology and Pathogens

Topic 7: Modern Genetics

Topic 8: Origins of Genetic Variation

Topic 9: Control Systems

Topic 10: Ecosystems

Entry requirements

Standard minimum entry requirement including Grade B in Additional Science or Biology in Higher Tier,

Grade B in GCSE Maths.


3 extended written examinations

2 1 ½ hours and one of 2 ½ hours to cover the content and assess practical skills.

All examinations would be taken at the end of the 2 year course.

Further information



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact President Kennedy School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 60153015