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Biology A Level at The Hayfield School

Course description

Studying Biology teaches us to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence and solve problems.

Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve.

Biology increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well-being and worldwide concern.

Course content

Linear assessment, with all exams at the end of the course.

The minimum total number of hours for exams is 6 hours. 10% of the total A-level marks require the use of Level 2 (Higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills.

Year 12

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

Year 13

  • 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.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Core & Additional Science or a B grade in Biology. Grade B or above in Maths.


Three written examinations - each 2 hours.

Students will also be assessed on their practical skills. This will NOT count towards their final grade but will be recorded on their exam certificate.

Future opportunities

You could take a degree in Biological Sciences and by specializing into various aspects of Biology, you could have a widerange of opportunities.  For example in healthcare, opticians and orthopticians, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapists and occupational therapists; in medical technology such as microbiology, haematology, virology, blood banking and forensics; or animal care such as a vet; in industry including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and agriculture industries.

The pharmaceutical industry hires drug representatives, sales such as scientific reagents and equipment for research and clinical laboratories. The agricultural industry offers positions in plants and crops, animals, and biofuels industries. You could go into teaching, the government, scientific writing to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 June 2016
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