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Biology A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

Biology A-level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is?

Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Course content

AS Biology lasts one year, with exams at the end. A-level Biology lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. The table below shows what you’ll learn in each year.

AS and first year of A-level

Second year of A-level

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between  organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

6 A* - C grades at GCSE plus a grade 5 or above in both English (Lit and / or Lang) and Maths.
Science: Triple Award = A or above in science to be studied; Dual Award = AA



There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.

The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Future opportunities

Studying A-level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: doctor, clinical molecular geneticist, nature conservation officer, pharmacologist, doctor, research scientist, vet, marine biologist, dentist. The opportunities are endless.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kensington Aldridge Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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