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A Level Biology at Seaford Head School and 6th form centre

Course description

If you have enjoyed Biology at GCSE it should continue to develop your interest in and enthusiasm for Biology and will be excellent preparation for either further study and/or careers associated with the subject.

Course content


The course is divided into six modules: 

Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology via 12 key practical activities

Module 2: Foundations in Biology – cells, biological molecules, DNA, enzymes

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems        


You will be provided with a course textbook, but there are also some other fantastic textbooks  which would support your studies.

If you see any one of these going cheap they are  worth getting:

Advanced Biology :                                  Michael Kent – Oxford University Press

Advanced Biology:                                   M Jones and G Jones – Cambridge         University Press.

Introduction to advanced biology:         C J Clegg – John Murray


Exam Board: OCR



Entry requirements

Grades 66 in Combined Science or grades 666 in seperate Sciences and grade 5 in GCSE Maths. 



The course is assessed via three exam papers and a practical endorsement

Biological processes – 2 hour 15 minutes exam testing units 1, 2, 3 and 5 (37%)

Biological diversity - 2 hour 15 minutes exam testing units 1, 2, 4 and 6 (37%)

Unified biology – 1 hour 30 minutes exam testing understanding of all 6 units (26%)

Practical endorsement in biology – reported separately


Financial information

No enrolment fee.

Resource fees may apply.

Future opportunities

A level Biology is essential for a range of careers and great academic preparation for a number of others. Careers associated with Biology include, medicine, nursing, midwifery, heath care, physiotherapy, sport science, veterinary sciences, dentistry, equine studies, oceanography, biotechnology, applied genetics, pharmacy, conservation, ecological work and of course Biology teaching.


Further information

Jack Goodale—S6H Student

“I really enjoyed taking AS Biology this year. The course has covered many       aspects of Biology including biochemistry, ecology and taxonomy. I feel that the course has allowed me to gain a more      in-depth knowledge and interest in         Biology as a whole”.

Lucy Rabuszko—S6H Student

“I love Biology. It is easily the most      interesting A Level I have taken because of it’s ability to apply itself to my life and my surrounds. For students with an      interest and curiosity about the living world, Biology is an ideal choice”.

Robert Hargreaves—S6H Student

“Biology at A Level has been incredibly interesting. It has taught me about the molecules that make up life and how they interact, which personally has helped me decide on my future  ambitions”.


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: 18 September 2018
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