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Biology A level at Shoreham Academy

Course description

The subject is relevant to real work experiences and is fascinating to learn, giving students freedom to explore around the specific unit content. The specification allows students to nurture their fascination for Biology and lay the groundwork for further studies in a course allied to Biology. Practical skills are embedded in the teaching to give students the opportunity to develop their scientific skills

Course content

Subject Content

  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environments
  • Genetic information, variation and relationship with organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment (A-level only)
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and eco-systems (A-level only)
  • The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade B in both Core and Additional Science, GCSE Grade B in Maths is preferred.


Paper 1 - Any content from Topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. 2 hours written exam paper worth 35% of the A-level (91 marks).

Paper 2 - Any content from Topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills. 2 hours written exam paper worth 35% of the A-level (91 marks). 76 marks are short answer and long answers. 15 marks are comprehension questions.

Paper 3 - Synoptic of all content from the A-level course and practical course. 2 hours written exam worth 30% of the A-level (78 marks).

Future opportunities

Completing a course in Biology opens up many university and career prospects. These range from courses within the medical field, such as Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Optometry; as well as more general degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Also, Biology significantly contributes to degrees and careers in Zoology, Veterinary Studies and Ecological careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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