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Biology A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

If you enjoyed Biology at GCSE, you’ll love A-level Biology. Biology A-level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

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
- investigating activity within cells
- investigating animal behaviours
- investigating distributions of species in the environment.

These practical activities will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

A-level Biology is a linear course that lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year.

There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practical’s will be assessed.

Course content


Biological molecules; Cells; Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: Six required practical activities


Energy transfers in and between organisms; Organisms respond to changes in their environments; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; The control of gene expression

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: 3 written exams - 100%, 15% of which will be questions based upon work conducted in practical lessons

Plus with the Y13 assessment structure, there are a further 6 required practical’s additional to the ones completed in Y12.

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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