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Biology A Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

This course is for all who are inquisitive, curious and keen to increase their understanding of the world around us. It is for those who want to acquire practical, investigative skills while learning the “science of life and of living organisms”. It is for those who like a challenge, and have a passionate interest in the enormously diverse and rewarding fields of study to which Biology is the key. 

Course content

The course comprises academic and practical topics. You will therefore learn in a variety of different ways: in traditional and experimental classroom activities, lessons, and laboratory sessions; you will participate in fieldwork, environmental studies, experiments, practical investigations and educational visits to professional institutes and universities; you will receive guidance in how to make best use of web, library and other learning resources for (individual and group work).

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject.  Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • using microscopes to see cell division
  • dissection of animal or plant systems
  • aseptic technique to study microbial growth
  • investigating activity within cells

Entry requirements

Entrants to this course must have five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English and Maths. You must also have either a Grade B in GCSE Biology or Grade B in all Biology elements of GCSE Science. To progress to A2-Level you need to have demonstrated excellent attendance, commitment, and enthusiasm, and to achieve your targeted AS-Level grades.


There is no coursework on this course.  However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long.  At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.

The AS has two exams at the end of the year.  Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Future opportunities

Biology is one of the UK’s most popular Sixth Form courses. Its broad scope opens doors to a correspondingly extensive choice of career pathways, so it is an ideal course for all students who are still deciding upon a career pathway. Whether via university, or straight from college, A-Level Biology can lead to careers in the field of Biology itself, or associated fields such as Biomedical Science and numerous other fields that are not directly related to the subject, but for which this qualification is excellent academic preparation. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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