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AS/A2 Biology at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

The A level Biology course will be assessed through three summer examinations at the end of two years of study.

There is also an AS Biology qualification.

This is a separate and stand-alone qualification, that does not contribute towards the A level.

The AS level Biology course will be assessed through two summer examinations at the end of one year of study.

The course is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Biology. These topics include:

Cell structure;

Biological molecules;


Cell division;

Exchange and transport systems in animals and plants;

Diseases and immunity;



Populations and ecosystems;

Nervous and hormonal communication; and many others.

There will be no formal coursework element to the course. Students will however do a series of practical activities across the two-year A-level, with the understanding of practical skills assessed within the written examinations.

How will I be assessed ?

The AS Biology course is assessed by two written exams, both taken in June. The A2 Biology course is assessed through three written exams and is independent of the AS course.

Practical work is integral to the course and examined throughout.

How is the course delivered ?

The teaching is divided between a team of specialist staff.

The course includes practical and theoretical elements with many opportunities to develop application skills using past paper exam questions.

What next ?

Biology is a key foundation for progression into medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and a range of different professions and degree opportunities within the Biological Sciences field.

An A level in Biology is also highly valued by employers in the NHS, research laboratories and many other careers. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take this course must have achieved five A* – C grades at GCSE, with a grade B or above in Double Award Science or Triple Award Biology.

This will provide an adequate foundation for the A level. It is preferable that students take this course in.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 yYears