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Biology A Level 3 at Oakwood Park Grammar School

Course description

This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed to;

  • develop knowledge and understanding
  • develop skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical and problem solving skills
  • develop an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society


Course content

Module 1 – Development of Practical skills in Biology

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations in Biology

Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and Transport

Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, Biodiversity, Classification and evolution.

Module 5 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

Communication and homeostasis, Excretion as an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, Respiration.

Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability.

Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in Biology and Maths and in other subjects to be studied at A level


Students are assessed by end of term tests, independent work, practical work and homework.

  • Paper 1 – Biological Processes covering modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.  Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response.  2 ¼ hours.  37% weighting.
  • Paper 2 – Biological Diversity covering modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.  Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response.  2 ¼ hours.  37% weighting.
  • Paper 3 – Unified Biology covering modules 1-6. Structured questions and extended response.  1 1/2 hours.  26% weighting.

Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to the A Level grade

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Future opportunities

You could take this course with other Advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Physics, Geography or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences including Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Field trip to Wildwood Canterbury to look at conservation, sustainable management, ecosystem sampling, rock shore ecology and sand dune succession

Participation in the Biology Olympia




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: 04 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years