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Biology A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

Biology is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS level qualification; Modules 1 to 6 combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A level.

Module 1: Development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.

Module 2: Foundations in biology – covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules. This includes: cell structure; biological molecules; nucleotides and nucleic acids; enzymes; biological membranes; cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.

AS: Module 3 (Exchange and transport) and Module 4 (Biodiversity, evolution and disease).

A2 also includes: Module 5 (Communication, homeostasis and energy) and Module 6 (Genetics, evolution and ecosystems)

Course content

AS Level

  • Paper 1 Breadth in biology
  • Paper 2 Depth in biology

A Level  

  • Paper 1 Biological processes  
  • Paper 2 Biological diversity
  • Paper 3 Unified biology
  • Non-exam assessment Practical endorsement for biology*

*The practical endorsement is reported separately from the overall A level grade as a pass or fail. This part of the course assesses if the students can carry out practical investigations independently and with suitable skill.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus 2 B’s in Sciences + B in Maths


Future opportunities

Biology A level can lead onto the following degree courses: medical sciences, veterinary sciences, marine sciences, pharmacology, biochemistry, conservation or environmental sciences, teaching or agriculture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September