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Biology AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

Biology is primarily concerned with the study of cells, life processes and their interactions with the non-living world. It allows us to understand the world around us. We study whole organisms, individual cells and the biological molecules that provide the basis for all life processes.

Course content

We study the AQA Biology specification which consists of 8 modules (4 modules at AS and 4 modules for A2).

Biological molecules: All life on earth shares a common chemistry which provides indirect evidence for evolution.

Cells: All life on earth exists as cells which have basic features in common.

Organisms exchange substances with their environment: The internal environment of a cell is different from its internal environment and exchange of substances happens at exchange surfaces.

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms: biodiversity is reflected in the vast number of species, in the variation of individual characteristics with a single species and in the variation of cell types within a single multicellular organism.

Practical Skills are developed and recorded throughout the course and assessed in written papers in the summer exam.

Entry requirements

B or above in Science and Additional Science or a grade B in the relevant science for those studying the Triple Award plus a grade B in Maths and English.


You will be assessed over 2 papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes and each being worth 50% of the overall marks.

Future opportunities

Biology is an academically rigorous subject which requires you to demonstrate a number of transferable skills to a high level. Employers and universities recognise the skills required and students of A level Biology are able to apply these skills to a wide range of courses and jobs. Course books will be issued and further reading suggested with some trips and lectures arranged over the two years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ravens Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years