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Biology A Level at Beaufort Co-operative Academy

Course description

AS Level and Year 1 of A Level Students will study biological molecules, cells, viruses and reproduction of living things. Knowledge acquired from initial study will then form the basis for the topics in the second unit which covers exchange and transport and microbiology of pathogens. During the course AS Level students will always be honing their practical skills and demonstrating their understanding of biological processes. Year 2 of A Level The content covered in the section above is also in the A Level syllabus, but in the second year students begin to look in more detail at modern genetics and the origin of genetic variation. Students will also study control systems and ecosystems. The focus on practical skills is important in the A Level and if pupils successfully complete these practicals, they will gain a practical endorsement.


There is no coursework component of the AS or A Level Biology course so students will be assessed formally by 2 exams for AS Level and 3 exams for A Level. These are a mixture of long, short and multiple choice style questions, on subject content, practical skills and data analysis. Students will complete a series of practical activities which will be monitored and assessed. Successful completion will lead to the student being awarded a practical endorsement which will contribute to their overall grade.

Future opportunities

Students with an A Level in Biology most commonly go on to pursue a career related to the subject, this includes jobs in Agriculture, Ecology, Zoology, Biotechnology, Food Science, and Marine Biology, to name but a few. Perhaps you would like to be on the forefront of research into cancer cures, working toward the conservation of endangered animals, or simply to use the A Level to follow a career in something different like teaching?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaufort Co-operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September