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Biology A-Level at The Clarendon Academy

Course description

Please note – Biology A-Level is now linear; this means that all examinations are taken at the end of Year 2.

Module 1: Level A

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Module 2: Level A

  • 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

Module 3: Level A

  • 12 internally assessed practical investigations must be completed as part of the course; 6 in year 1, and 6 in year 2. This involves collecting, displaying and interpreting data.
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding from the practical work will comprise 15% of questions on Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Career paths

A-Level Biology is an academic course, which lays the groundwork for further study at undergraduate level in courses such as biological sciences, medicine, sports science and physiology. It complements A-Levels in other sciences such as Chemistry, as well as Mathematics. The blend of analytical as well as extended writing skills nurtured in A-Level Biology mean that the course can complement further subjects such as Psychology and Geography etc.

Entry requirements

In the first year of the Sixth Form, students are expected to follow at least 3 subjects. Most will choose 4.

A minimum of 5 grade Cs are required to undertake A Levels and a grade B is recommended in your chosen subjects;  A ‘B’ grade is essential in Biology GCSE to take this subject at A Level. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

Key information

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