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Biology A Level at Highlands School

Course description

You will develop practical skills by planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. You will also learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Course content

3 units at AS Level, including:

  • Unit 1 Lifestyle, transport, genes and health
  • Unit 2 Development, plants and the environment
  • Unit 3 Practical skills

3 units at A2, including:

  • Unit 4 The Natural environment and species survival
  • Unit 5 Energy, exercise and coordination
  • Unit 6 Investigation

Entry requirements

Grade B or better in GCSE Additional Science or Biology


Units 1, 2, 4 & 5 are externally assessed written examination papers. Unit 3 is internally assessed practical work. Unit 6 is an internally assessed investigation.

Future opportunities

  • An undergraduate degree in a life sciences, medicine, environmental or forensic science
  • Employment, for example in the areas of biological testing, biotechnology, independent research and the food industry.

Further information

There is a compulsory field trip in Year 13

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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