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Biology A Level at Our Lady's Catholic College

Course description

AS and first year of A level (Year 12)
1. Biological molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genec informaon, variaon and relaonships between organisms

Second year of A level (Year 13)
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7. Genecs, populaons, evoluon and ecosystems
8. The control of gene expression

Biology, like all sciences, is a praccal subject. Throughout the course you will carry out praccal acvies including:
- using microscopes to see cell division
- dissecon of animal or plant systems
- asepc technique to study microbial growth
- invesgang acvity within cells

Entry requirements

GCSE Core +Addional Science Higher Grade B
GCSE Biology Higher – Grade B
GCSE Mathemacs and English—Grade 4


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during praccals will be assessed. There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your praccals. The AS has two exams at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

Biology is useful in a large number of careers and former students have gone on to the following: medicine, pharmacology, teaching, biochemistry, environmental management, forensic science, agriculture, sports science and food science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2017
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