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Biology A-Level at Cromwell Community College

Course description

This A level will help you to develop knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles, together with an appreciation of their significance in new and changing situations. It will promote an appreciation of the importance of experimental and investigatory work in the study of biology and develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and of scientific methods.

Course content

Biology A (Salters Nuffield)

The course offers a broad coverage of Biological processes in both plants and animals along with detailed investigation into more cutting edge areas such as the use of stem cells and forensic science. The course consists of 3 examined papers

Paper 1 - The Natural Environment and Species Survival

Paper 2 - Energy, Exercise and Coordination

Paper 3 - General and Practical Applications in Biology



Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or better in Additional Science or Biology (as part of triple science). You should also have good mathematical ability.

You must also demonstrate a willingness to work independently throughout the course and have the ability and motivation to work hard. You will be expected to complete 8 hours of learning per fortnight outside of the classroom.


Paper 1 - 2hrs 100 marks

33.33% of the total qualification

Paper 2 - 2hrs 100 marks

33.33% of the total qualification

The paper will include multiple choice, short open, open response, calculations and extended writing questions.

Paper 3 - 2hrs 100 marks

A pre released scientific article will underpin one section of the paper. The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on 2 or more different topics.

18 Core Practicals (not assessed) 

Future opportunities

This qualification can contribute to further study in higher education in both general and scientific courses. With further training you could become a doctor, nurse, science technician, nerve biologist, bio medic and many more. You could also go straight into employment as your A-Level studies will demonstrate, skills, knowledge and understanding which employers are looking for.


Further information

Contact Mrs Paul at Cromwell Community Collegefor further information. Delivery: Full-time.

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: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years