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Biology A and AS Level at The Heathland School

Course description

The subject opens up your understanding of the biological world around you. How life works, how your body functions and the relationships between the biological world and the environment.

Course content

AS Units

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology;
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology;
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport;
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease.


A Level Units


  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy;
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

A Level Units


Entry requirements

Students must attain at least 5 A*-C grades including English Language and Mathematics and a total point score of  42+ in the student’s best 8 subjects. Students must also attain at least a BB in Science and Additional Science or at least a B in GCSE Biology to follow this course. 


Two written examination papers each of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Breadth in Biology (50%);
Depth in Biology (50%);
Each paper contains content from all 4 modules.

Future opportunities

Biology is a respected, academic subject welcomed by Higher Education. It shows the ability to combine scientific methodology, mathematical precision with an ability to comment and describe. It is an essential subject for: Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Biochemistry and Pharmacy, Marine Biology and Zoology, Veterinary Science and desirable for Law, Science Journalism, Radiography, Optometry, Sports Science, Geology, Forensic Science, and Nutritional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Heathland School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years