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Biology A Level at Appleby Grammar School

Course description

Year 1

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression


Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • using microscopes to see cell division
  • dissection of animal or plant systems
  • aseptic technique to study microbial growth
  • investigating activity within cells
  • investigating animal behaviours
  • investigating distributions of species in the environment. These practical activities will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree


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Entry requirements

To join the course you will need GCSE triple Science (Grade B or above in Biology) or GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science (Grade B or above) and GCSE Maths (Grade 5 or above). You should have an interest in the study of living things and should be prepared to participate in the annual field visit.


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practical activities 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 practical work.

Future opportunities

Biology is necessary (or highly advantageous) for progression in many areas including medical sciences, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, sports science, veterinary science or any of the biosciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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