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A-Level Biology at Silverdale

Course description

AQA Biology A-Level

Course content

Year 1 :Biological molecules, cells, organisms exchanging substances with the environment, genetic information, variation and relationships.  Integrated practical investigation and data interpretation.

Year 2 : Energy transfer between organisms, organisms respond to changes in internal and external environment, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, control of gene expresion.  Integrated practical investigation and data interpretation.


Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths and Grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology or GCSE Combined Science



Continuous assessment will be used to inform the student’s progression into Year 13 and their registration for the A level Biology exam.

The A Level course will assess all content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2hr papers in June of the second year of study.


There is no longer a coursework or controlled assessment unit.

Future opportunities

Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, food technology, biochemistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, opthalmics, biomedical science, microbiology, nursing, laboratory work.

Further information

Following the transition examinations in June of the first year , a three day residential field trip is organised to complete one of the required practicals and support the environment theory required in the second year of the course.

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: 01 October 2018
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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.