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Biology AS/A Level 3 at Fulston Manor School

Course description


This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Gain hands- on practical skills and data analysis skills.

  • Appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory.

  • Develop an enthusiasm for biology.

  • Consider careers in the medical/health profession, forensic and police work, and environmental work.

  • Study a variety of complex biological processes and structures that make up living things.


  • To develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

  • To develop competence and confidence in practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.

  • To develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including further study and careers.

  • To 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: Biological molecules

Module 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

Module 2: Cells

Module 6: Organisms respond to changes in their environment

Module 3: Organisms exchange substances with their internal and external environment

Module 7. Genetics, populations, evolution and relationships between organisms

Module 4: Genetic information, variation and ecosystems

Module 8. The control of gene expression

Entry requirements


To be accepted on A Level course a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (or equivalent). Students would be expected to have a GCSE of at least a grade 5-5 in either GCSE Combined Science or grade 5 in GCSE Triple Biology. A GCSE grade 4 in English and Mathematics is normally required.



Paper 1: Biological processes (Modules 1-4)

Paper 2: Biological diversity (Modules 5-8)

Paper 3: Unified Biology (Modules 1-8)


There is no coursework element to the course. Students complete a Practical Endorsement, which is graded as Pass or Fail but does not contribute to the final grade given.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Adviser or school/college careers staff.

This qualification is a ‘new style’ 2 year linear A Level. Whilst the AS qualification still exists it does not form part of the final A Level, and most students will be expected to study this course for the full years.

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: 27 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years