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The Weston Road Academy Biology A Level AQA (Block C) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

Biology at A-level will enable you to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. The course continues to develop many of the topics that have already been studied at GCSE, and introduces some exciting new areas of Biology. It should also promote an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject. Biology is a practical science subject, so students will also develop experimental skills which will include an endorsement of these skills at the end.

Course content

Course Content

Year 1

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchanging substances
  • Genetic information and variation

Year 2

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Students will also complete required practicals throughout both years of the course (assessed in lessons only)

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study science subjects at A-level (biology, chemistry, physics or psychology), you will be required to achieve at least a 6 grade in additional science or have achieved  6 or above in the individual subject area if taken as a separate science.


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Future opportunities

Biology provides a good foundation for many degree courses in Biological Sciences such as Genetics and Biochemistry. It also prepares you well for degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Science and Sports Science, especially when combined with other subjects such as Chemistry, Maths, PE, Psychology and Physics.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12CWrBI1