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Biology AS/A Level 3 (Blocks B, C or D) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

Skills that would help you at A-Level are good levels of literacy and organisation, logical thinking, commitment to the subject, an ability to apply knowledge to unfamiliar contexts, observational, experimental, analytical and evaluative ability.

Course content

Year 1/AS

You will study 3 modules this year split between 2 teachers. These are entitled “Foundations in Biology”, “Exchange and Transport” and “Biodiversity and evolution”.

Year 2

In addition to the AS content you shall also be taught 2 more modules; “Communication, Homeostasis and Energy” and “Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems”.

Entry requirements

Grade 6,6 in Science and Additional Science GCSE or 6 in Biology GCSE and 6 in one other Science GCSE. Students wishing to study 3 Sciences will need Grade 7 in at least 2 GCSE Sciences.

Students wishing to study 2 Sciences will need at least Grades 7,6 in GCSE Sciences.


Year 1/AS

You will have two examinations in the June series examinations that will cover all of the content studied at AS. Paper 1 is entitled “Breadth of Biology” and Paper 2 is entitled “Depth of Biology”. Each paper is 1hour 30 minutes in length.

In addition to the examination you will be assessed for your practical ability throughout 12 set practical activities.


Assessment is separate to that of AS and consists of 3 papers. Paper 1 and 2 are 2 hours 15 minutes in length, entitled “Biological Processes” and Biological Diversity”, paper 3 is called “Unified Biology” and is 1 hour 30 minutes in length.

“Foundations in Biology” is assessed throughout the course. ”.


Future opportunities

University requirements

Biology is a requirement for many of the traditional courses at university including medicine, dentistry and nursing, however there are many other directions in which to take Biology which can include research based degrees such as Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Microbiology, industrial based qualifications such as Pharmacology and Biological Engineering as well as careers linked to Psychology and Social Work.

Typical offers: Bristol: AAB; Oxbridge (Natural Sciences): A*A*A; Sussex: AAB - ABB

You could go on to do a degree in: Biology; Physiotherapy; Osteopathy; Occupational therapy; Dietician; Medicine/Nursing; Industrial or Marine Biology; Water Management; Food Science; Veterinary Science/ Zoology; TeacherEcologist; Dentistry; Radiology; Pharmacology

Career Options: Physiotherapist; Doctor/Nurse; Dietician; Teacher; Industrial Biologist; Pharmacist; Crop or Fuel Management; Food Industry; Research Scientist; Forensic science; Speech Therapist; Occupational Therapist

Further information

If you have any further questions please contact Mrs Solomon at the school.

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: 09 October 2017
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