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Biology AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

Biology A level is a varied and deeply challenging subject. It will cover a range of topics to provide learners with a wealth of skills and knowledge to prepare them for numerous careers. By studying Biology at A level you will gain a deeper understanding of the functioning of a range of organisms, including humans; an appreciation for biodiversity and gain more respect for life forms and their rights. This will be achieved by covering a range of topics including, but not limited to; the main human organs and their functions; the workings of cells, and the biochemistry that occurs in them; genetics and its applications in modern life; and the interactions of other organisms and their environment.

Course content

In light of the new AS and linear A level structure which took effect in September 2015, the Biology course consists of the following: • Year 12 consists of 4 core modules: Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology • Module 3 – Exchange and Transport • Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease. • Year 13 consists of 2 further modules: Module 5 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy, Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems. During the 2 year course students will attend at least two trips to institutes such as the @Bristol Science Centre to cover specific portions of the content in specialised facilities.

Entry requirements

GCSE Additional Science at grade B or above and Mathematics and English at grade 5 or above. A B grade must be obtained in the Biology module.


For AS Biology there will be two examinations at the end of the first year both worth 50% of the final mark. There will be no coursework assessment for AS although 15% of the exam marks will be awarded to questions relating to practical skills and experimental design. For students continuing to complete the two year A level, there will be 3 exams at the end of the final year. These exams will cover content from the entire two year course. There will also be a teacher assessed practical endorsement. The endorsement does not contribute to the final grade, but will award you a pass or fail, based on your practical skills demonstrated in the laboratory. This might be essential for your successful application to a number of university degree courses. An important change to the final assessment at the end of Year 13 is that your AS grade will not contribute to your final A level grade. It is also important to note that there is a greater emphasis on mathematical ability in the new AS and linear A level course with 10% of the exam marks reliant on maths ability at A level standard which some students will find very challenging

Future opportunities

Kennet biologists have gone on to work in many and varied fields including: human and veterinary medicine; dentistry; physiotherapy; environmental services and sustainable development; agriculture, including food production, selective breeding and genetics; pathology and pharmacology; biotechnology and genetics; midwifery and nursing, to name a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

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