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Biology at Overton Grange School

Course description

This course consists of five modules taught over two years:

Year 12
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology
Module 2: Cells, chemicals for life and transport and gas exchange
Module 3: Cell division, development and disease control
Year 13
Module 4: Energy, reproduction and populations
Module 5: Genetics, control and homeostasis

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE Science and Additional Science is required.
A grade B in Mathematics is recommended, but not essential.

For Triple Science students a grade B in Biology is required with minimum C grades in
Chemistry and Physics.


The course is assessed by three written exams at the end of Year 13. All exam components assess content from all five modules. The three exams are:
• Fundamentals of biology – 110 marks, 2 hour 15 minute written exam
• Scientific literacy in biology – 100 marks, 2 hour 15 minute written exam
• Practical skills in biology – 60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written exam

There is also a separate qualification of Practical endorsement in biology, assessed
internally through practical work and reported separately to the A level grade.

Future opportunities

Success on this course could see you move on to study for a degree course in related subjects such as marine biology, biochemistry, biology, pharmaceutical science or nursing. Students have gone on to a range of Higher Education courses including Liverpool (Medicine), St George’s (Medicine), King’s College London (Biochemistry),
Nottingham (Zoology, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry), Exeter (Radiography),
Leicester (Biochemistry), Brighton (Physiotherapy), Dundee (Anotomical sciences) and
Portsmouth (Biology; Marine Biology). Related careers include physiotherapy, forensic
science, teaching or agriculture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Overton Grange School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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