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Biology AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

We will be following the new Edexcel B Linear A level specification. In all science specifications there is no longer a coursework element. Instead there is a focus on practical skills over a range of core practicals. The core practicals will be assessed in the written exam papers and by the teacher as part of a practical endorsement at A level. This is separate to the A level grade and will be reported as a pass on the A level certificate. All specifications will also include questions assessing mathematical skills that will make up 10% of the exam papers.

Course content

  • Classification and biodiversity
  • Exchange and transport
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells, viruses and reproduction of living things
  • Energy for biological processes
  • Microbiology and pathogens
  • Modern genetics
  • Origins of genetic variation
  • Control systems
  • Ecosystems
  • Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals)

Entry requirements

All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at level 6 or above in English language and maths, and 3 other GCSEs at or above grade B.

'B' grade or above at GCSE Maths. 2 'A' grades or above in Double Science including core and additional or 2 'A' grades including Biology and one other science if taken as triple science


There will be 3 exams at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 and paper 2 will each cover half of the A level topics and paper 3 will cover all of the A level topics and assessment of practical skills. All three papers will include questions assessing maths skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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