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Biology A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

A level Biology follows on from the GCSE course. At Lymm High School we currently use the AQA exam board for GCSE Biology and A level. Two units will be covered in year 12. The practical skills element will be assessed within the summer exam from September 2015 (this will be a change from previous years where a separate practical skills assessment took place).

In year 12, Students start their first unit of the course by focusing on the digestive system and disease, after which they then move on to cover the immune system and physiology topics such as the heart and lungs. They then move on, in unit 2, to cover thestructure of DNA, reasons for variation, cell division, exchange and transport in living things (including plants, fish, mammals, insects and even single-celled organisms), biodiversity, relationships between organisms, adaptation and selection.

Two units will also be covered in year 13. In the first unit, the students will cover populations and ecosystems (including topics such as predation and competition), photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient cycles, ecology and inheritance of genes/ characteristics.

In the second unit of year 13, the students will cover the nervous system and its roll in coordination, how muscles contract, homeostasis, feedback mechanisms, genetic control of protein structure and function and DNA technology.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Biology. Grade C or above in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.


For pupils studying towards the AS qualification, exams are taken at the end of the first year. Pupils studying towards the A2 will be examined on all modules at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, 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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

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