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Biology A Level at Amersham School

Course description

In the Sixth Form Biology course, you will study every aspect of living things, from their chemical components and the structure of cells, through the body’s response to exercise, to the interaction of wildlife with the environment and how this is affected by human activities. Aspects of Human Biology in both social and medical contexts are also covered.

The A Level includes practical work which allows students to develop their practical techniques and to plan their own investigations. This enables students to carry out their own research and shows universities and employers that students have developed skills (such as time management) needed for the successful independent study.

Course content

1. Biological molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8. The control of gene expression

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course, you will carry out practical activities including:
- using microscopes to see cell division
- dissection of animal or plant systems
- an aseptic technique to study microbial growth
- investigating activity within cells
- investigating animal behaviours
- investigating distributions of species in the environment

Entry requirements

8 GCSE A*- C including grade A*- B in Sciences


Paper 1
2 Hour exam topics 1-4, 35% of A Level

Paper 2
2 Hour exam topics 5-8 35% of A Level

Paper 3
2 Hour exam all topics Including practical skills and essay. 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

Biology combines well with other A Level Sciences and is also particularly effective with Geography or Physical Education.

According to, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A Level in Biology are:
• Biology
• Psychology
• Sport and Exercise Science
• Medicine
• Anatomy
• Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology
• Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry

Studying A Level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

- Doctor
- Clinical Molecular Geneticist
- Nature Conservation Officer
- Pharmacologist
- Research Scientist
- Vet
- Secondary School Teacher
- Marine Biologist
- Dentist

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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