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Biology A Level at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School

Course description

Topics Year 12 

Foundations in biology (Cell structure, biological molecules, nucleic acids and enzymes, cell division and cellular organisation)

Exchange and transport (Exchange surfaces, transport in mammals and transport in plants), Photosynthesis

Biodiversity, evolution and disease (Communicable disease, disease prevention, the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution)

Topics Year 13: 

Communications, homeostasis and energy (Human nervous and hormonal systems, excretion, plant and animal responses, and respiration)

Genetics, evolution and ecosystems (Cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning, biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability)

Course content

Practical endorsement: All of the topics are combined with practical skills and these skills will be developed throughout the course.  Students will be required to complete a portfolio of a minmum of 12 practical tasks during the 2 year course for which they will awarded pass or fail.  Example of taks include: microscopy, dissection, sampling techniques, using a colorimeter, chromatography, microbiological techniques, and measuring animal responses. 15% of the marks at A level will awarded through practical task based questions in the examination papers in summer 2020.

Entry requirements

- Inquisitive, interested in life and how living things ‘work’.
- Numerate, confident in handling numbers and statistics and ideally able to communicate well (orally and written).
- Prepared to work hard and learn lots of new information.
- Must be able to apply information learnt to new problems.
- Must be able to work independently and in groups.

- APS 5.5+

- At least 6+ in at least 2 sciences at GCSE, included those to be studied at A level


Paper 1–2hrs (35%) Biological molecules, Cells, Organisms and exchange, genetic information, variation and exchange with the environment. Practical skills.

Paper 2 Paper 2 --2hrs (35%)Energy transfer, Organisms responding to the environment, Genetic populations, evolution and ecosystems, the control of gene expression. Practical skills.

Paper 3 – Paper 3 –2hrs (30%) Synoptic.

Future opportunities

Agriculture, Environment, Microbiology, Animal Science, Food & Brewing, Nature Reserves/Parks, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Forestry, Pharmacy, Genetics, Psychology, Conservation, Health, Sports Science, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary/Zoology, Nutrition/Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Scientific Journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bennett Memorial Diocesan School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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