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Biology A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

Biology is one of the most exciting courses on the curriculum. Not only do you deal with the complex science of life, you are able to study the exciting new developments in the world of DNA technology, cancer treatments as well having the knowledge of how ecosystems work on a micro and macro level. Students will also have opportunities to learn and use practical skills to link theory with practice, deepening their knowledge and understanding.

Course content

Unit 1: • Biological molecules • Cells • Organisms exchange substances with their environment • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Unit 2: • Energy transfer in and between organisms • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems. • The control of gene expression.

Unit 3: • Any content from the above 8 topics including relevant practical skills.

Students undertake at least 12 practical experiments across the two year A Level. Students will be asked to apply the knowledge and understanding they learn from these experiments in their written exams. Students will be assessed during their practical work by their teacher who will mark them either as a pass or fail. This will be recorded on their certificate alongside their grade.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade BB in Double Science or B in Single Biology, Grade B in Maths, Grade C in English Language.


Unit 1: 2 hour written exam 35% of A Level.

Unit 2: 2 hour written exam 35% of A Level.

Unit 3: 2 hour written exam 30% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Biology A-level can lead to a range of degree courses including: Biology, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry, Nursing, Forensic Science, Biomedical Science and Biochemistry. This could then lead to potential careers including: Clinical molecular geneticist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Higher education lecturer, Secondary school teacher, Soil scientist, Dentist, Doctor, Vet, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Nursing, Zoologist, Marine biologist and Forensic scientist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years