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Biology A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

Have you ever wondered: What is actually going on inside our cells?  How we use medicines and our knowledge of the immune system to prevent pandemics?  What DNA really is?  Why Darwin’s big idea was one of the most important in the history of science?  What are we doing to save endangered species across the world?

A level Biology will help you find the answers to these and many more questions, and can also open up many job opportunities in this rapidly expanding area of science.

A level Biology is a very desirable qualification and can be a stepping stone for students wishing to step up to the next level in education.  On the course you will learn about the fundamental principles of biology and the impact of biological research and its links to everyday life, how to apply your knowledge to unknown situations and learn how to investigate and problem solve across a range of contexts.  The practical skills you develop, such as microscopy, biochemical analysis and ecological techniques, will be assessed in the written exams and will also be given a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ endorsement at A level.  The residential field course in Devon at the end of the summer term is a vital part of the course, but is also great fun – check out their website: to find out more.

Course content

Year 1 (AS and A Level)

Topics will include:

  • Biological molecules, cell structure, membranes and cell division
  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport systems in plants and animals
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and Evolution
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and immune system

Year 2(A Level) 

Topics will include:

  • Communications and Homeostasis
  • Plant and Animal Responses
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Modern Genetics – patterns of inheritance, manipulation genomes, biotechnology
  • Ecosystems and populations
  • Evolutions

Entry requirements

Biology GCSE (minimum grade B) + another

Science GCSE (minimum grade B)


Core and Additional Science (minimum grade B in both)

Students who have not gained this grade may  be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.


AS (H020) is assessed at the end of year 12. 

There are 2 written papers, both 1 hr 30 mins.  Each paper contributes 50% of the marks for an AS level.


A Level (420) is assessed at the end of Year 13.

There are 3 written 2 x 2 hrs 15 mins (37% each), 1 of 1 hr 30 mins (26%).  Students taking the full A Level (H420) will not take ANY exams in Year 12.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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