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Biology A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

The biology specification builds on concepts and skills developed in the new GCSE science courses. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The main principles are presented through interesting contexts such as disease. The specification also develops a thorough knowledge of DNA, reflecting much of the work being undertaken in modern biology. The way that scientists work and the contribution of science to modern society underpins the specification and investigation skills are developed through practical work assessed within school.

Course content

During Year 12 you will study 2 units. In 'Biology and Disease' you will learn about the digestive system and gas exchange and how they may be affected by diseases. You will learn that knowledge of biology helps us to understand symptoms of disease. Your second unit is about variety in living organisms and looks at the effect of genetic and environmental factors. You will complete year 12 with a practical and investigative skills assessment.

Unit 1

Biology and Disease - Written Paper, 1 hour 15 minutes

Subject Content:

  • Digestive and gas exchange systems may be affected by communicable and non communicable diseases
  • A knowledge of basic biology allows us to understand the symptoms of disease and interpret data relating to risk factors

33%(16%Total A level)

Unit 2

The variety of Living organisms - Written Paper, 1 hour 45 minutes

Subject Content:

  • The influence of genetic and environmental factors on intraspecific variation
  • The variety of life is reflected in similarities and differences in its biochemical basis and cellular organisation
  • Size and metabolic rate affect an organism's requirements and give rise to adaptations

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study AS Biology will be required to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C inc. Maths. Grade B on your GCSE Science course (Core & Additional) is strongly desirable. Students with grade C will be considered on an individual basis as will students who have a high grade from an Applied course. If you apply having followed an Applied course you must also take the AS Applied Science course.


Year 12:

Unit 1 - Written exam 1 hour 15 mins

Unit 2 - Written exam 1 hour 45 mins

Unit 3 - Practical and Skills assessment

Future opportunities

Biology A Level is a well respected qualification and is expected for entry to higher level courses in Medical and Health professions. Biology is a good entry qualification for Food and Environmental courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year