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A Level Biology at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

This course will help nurture a passion for Biology, enabling you to develop greater understanding of biological concepts, together with an appreciation of their significance in new and changing situations. Biology at A level is a challenging and rewarding course. A wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines. The human genome has been sequenced and we now know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya approximately 350 people die from AIDS every day and in South East Asia the skies are often dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all of these issues, and they are reflected in the syllabus content. 

Course content


Biological molecules, cells, exchange of substances, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Relevant practical skills.

2 hour written examination consisting of short answer and extended response questions

35% of the final examination


Energy transfers, response to changes in an organisms external and internal environment, genetics and gene expression, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

2 hour written examination consisting of short answer questions together with a comprehension question.


35% of the final examination


A synoptic paper covering all the above content.

2 hour written examination, including structured questions together with a critical analysis of given experimental data and one essay from a choice of two titles.


30% of the final examination


Entry requirements

1.   Core Science at grade A*-B plus Additional Science at grades A*-B                 


2.   Biology and Chemistry at grades A*-B plus Physics at grade C or above.

In addition it is essential that prospective students have achieved a grade B or better in GCSE Mathematics and a grade C in English Language. It is advisable that students taking biology consider combining this with A level chemistry, to support the understanding of biochemistry.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health or clinical professions such as pharmacy, optometry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing forensic science and marine biology. Biology is a highly regarded qualification outside a science setting including law, the police force and social work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years