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Biology A level at Valentines High School

Course description

Year 12 Outline

Core contents include biological molecules, nucleic acids, cell structure, transport across membranes, cell recognition and immunity, exchange of substances, mass transport, DNA and protein synthesis, genetic diversity, biodiversity. There are also six required practicals to complete.

A Level Outline

In addition to the year 12 contents – 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. There are six more required practicals to complete and a compulsory ecology field trip (non-residential).

Entry requirements

GCSE grade BB in Core and Additional Science (or equivalent) and GCSE grade B in Mathematics and English.


Year 12 Biology – Two written exam papers, both are ninety minutes long. Plus a practical endorsement.

A Level Biology- Three written exam papers, all two hours long. Plus a practical endorsement.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of Biology offers students several routes for progression. Many of our students have gone on to a range of higher education courses including degrees in subjects such as medicine, life sciences, applied sciences and sport sciences. Some have gone directly into employment, especially into science and related sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years