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Biology A Level at John Taylor High School Academy

Course description

Course Content – A Level - Year 1
Students will start with the basic building blocks of biology by studying biological molecules and cells. This will help to explain how organisms exchange substances with their environment and finally enable a study of genetic information, variation and the relationships between organisms.

Course Content – A Level - Year 2
Building on the above content, students will go on to study energy transfers in and between organisms as well as how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments. They will deepen their understanding of genetics looking at the control of gene expression and finally, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade BB in Science. This must include at least a grade B in all of the different Science units studied. In addition we require a GCSE grade 6 in Maths and English (or for early entry the old grade B). If you achieve BB in Science overall but do not meet the additional criteria from Science, English or maths, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.


This qualification is linear. Students will sit all exams at the end of their two-year course.

A level – 100% Examination across 3 papers, one of which includes an essay question. 15% of the marks available will be based on the twelve required practical activities carried out across the year. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the practical requirements will also receive a ‘pass’ grade alongside their A level grade.

Future opportunities

The course provides a firm foundation for students if they wish to continue to higher education but is also held in high regard by many employers. In addition to the more obvious Biology-specific degrees such as Zoology and Genetics and Marine Biology, it is also a useful grounding (and sometimes an essential prerequisite) for the study of many other degrees such as Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Equine Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Psychology, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy (specialises in the Science and clinical use of medications), Radiography (performing X-rays), Optometry (eye health) and Occupational Therapy (assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2017
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