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Biology A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

Biology is at the centre of what we are and the world we live in.  The developments in Biological Sciences are rapid and fascinating with a new discovery every day.

The course is an A-level which will be examined at the end of the second year.

Course content

Year 12: 

Module 1 - Development of Practical Skills
This involves a wide range of practical tasks

Module 2  - Foundations in Biology
Looking at cell structure, biological molecules, cell division and cellular organisation

Module 3 - Exchange and Transport
Looking at exchange surfaces and transport in animals and plants

Moduel 4 - Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
This includes aspects of how we fit into our environment and how our environment can affect us

Year 13:

Module 5 - Communications, Homeostasis and Energy

Module 6 - Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.

Biology – requires a GCSE Grade 6 or B or above in:  Maths and Biology or Combined Science.


A-level Assessment

Papers 1 and 2 are both 2 hours 15 minutes long with 100 marks each and cover all of the specification between them

Paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes long and includes aspects of the whole specification with an emphasis on practical and data handling skills




Financial information

Students are expected to buy their own textbook and there is a contribution required for paper resources and excursions, as the course progresses.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology such as:

  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Physical Education

Success in Biology A-Level will allow you to apply for the Science and Biology related subjects or more general higher education courses.

Further information

We have strong links with local research establishments and so students have the opportunity to meet scientists working at the forefront of biomedical research.

Contact Mr C Suddick for further information:

Delivery: Full-time

Open Evening:   16 October 2018

Application Deadline:   15 January 2019

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: 27 September 2018
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