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Biology A Level at The Quest Academy

Course description

The new A-levels in Biology will be linear qualifications. All assessments for A-level will take place at the end of the course. The AS level Biology will still exist, as a standalone qualification. This means that results of AS level examinations will not contribute towards an A level. However, learners may still take an AS level in Biology and then go on to the A level.

This interesting and challenging subject covers essential biological principles in relevant contexts e.g. Heart disease, Cystic fibrosis. You will acquire scientific knowledge and understanding, and will develop skills of analysis and application.

Course content

AS Level
- Paper 1: Lifestyle, transport, genes & health (50%)
- Paper 2: Development, plants and the environment (50%)
- (NB: Unit 3, a research project, has now been removed)

A2 Level
- Paper 1: The natural environment and species survival
- Paper 2: Energy, exercise and coordination
- Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology

Science Practical Endorsement – students will be given a pass or fail depending of a series of compulsory practicals and how they carry out independent practical work.

Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Entry requirements

In addition to the main entry requirements, students must have at least BB at GCSE level in Science and Additional Science or B in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


The course will be 100% externally marked in the form of examination, at the end year 12 (AS-level) or year 13 (A-level). As mentioned above, the practical assessment is done by the teacher and is pass or fail.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Quest Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2017
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