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Biology A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

For further information on all courses click here Subject Booklet

Course content

Course Content

Year 12

Unit 1 Biochemistry

Water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, DNA, genes, mutations, viruses

Unit 2 Cells

Eukaryotes, prokaryotes, microscopes, membranes and transport

Unit 3 Reproduction

Cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis, chromosome mutations, sexual reproduction in mammals, sexual reproduction in plants

Unit 4 Transport

Gas exchange, circulatory system, heart, blood vessels, haemoglobin, blood clotting, cardiovascular disease, water transport in plants, sugar transport in plants

Unit 5 Biodiversity

Classification, natural selection, speciation, biodiversity, conservation

For Year 13 content and further details, see subject booklet as above.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Biology and in GCSE Chemistry (if triple science)

Or Grade 6+6 in GCSE Science (if double science)

Plus Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics




Paper 1

1h 45min written exam on units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10

90 marks (30% of total A level)

Paper 2

1h 45min written exam on units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10

90 marks (30% of total A level)

Paper 3

2h 30min written exam on all 10 units

120 marks (40% of total A level)

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Most of our Biology students go on to study medical-related degrees such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, radiography, pharmacology, pharmacy, optometry and various biomedical science courses. Many others follow biology-related degrees such as natural sciences, biology, biochemistry, genetics, ecology, microbiology and zoology.

Our students go to universities all over the country and even abroad, and each year we send students to Oxford or Cambridge.

Further information

Special Features

The A-level Biology course includes a two day residential field trip at the Malham Tarn Field Study Centre in the summer term of year 12. It includes ecological studies of rivers, forests and the Tarn; all taught by the centre's own expert ecologists.

The field trip will cost students approximately £100, 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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