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Biology at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

Why study Biology?

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting pupils studying a wide range of other subjects. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microbes to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines.

Course content

  • Pupils should be able to recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge, organise and communicate information in a variety of ways.
  • Pupils should be able to analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and apply it to unfamiliar situations.
  • Pupils should be able to demonstrate and describe practical techniques and processes. They should be able to record observations and measurements with appropriate precision and analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others’ experimental and investigative activities.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSE Grades 9-5  to include Science, English and Mathematics. These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.



Cells, Exchange and Transport

Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health

Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology



Populations and Environment

Cellular Metabolism and Control

Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology

Written Exam Assessments

Practical Skills Assessment

Investigative Skills Assignment


Future opportunities

Biology is a good choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting, or teaching. So whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Further information

What other subjects should I study with Biology?

Biology is an excellent subject to take with other sciences or alongside Arts or Humanities subjects. Traditionally many pupils take Biology alongside other Science subjects, but it also complements Geography and PE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years