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Biology AS and A2 level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

This is a course where you will learn about biological principles through carrying out a wide range of experiments. You will carry out a range of investigative activities including photosynthesis, respiration, fieldwork at a variety of locations including seashore, woodland and ponds, breeding of fruit flies and genetic engineering. You will be able to analyse and interpret data you have collected and have an appreciation of the work of professional biologists

Course content

What coursework do I have to do?

The new AS/A-Level courses in Biology will not have a coursework component, although a practical skills grade will be reported separately. There are 16 core compulsory practicals that students must complete as part of the course.

Entry requirements

To be successful on the A level Biology course, students should have:

  • Grade B or higher in GCSE Biology or combined GCSE Science at higher tier
  • Grade 5 or higher in GCSE Mathematics
  • They must also have at least a Grade 5 in GCSE English and Mathematics.


Each course will be examined at the end of the year (AS Level - end of year 12; A Level – end of year 13).

Future opportunities

An A-Level Biology qualification can proceed to University studies in Biological Sciences and careers in fields such as medicine, education, horticulture, animal sciences and environmental sciences. Biology covers a wide range of skills and as a facilitating subject is widely recognised by employers and further education establishments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years