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Biology A Level at Monkseaton High School

Course description

The A Level course provides a comprehensive journey through the systems that control and manage living organisms.

Key Skills

  • Practical and experimental skills (to include 12 compulsory experiments in the full A Level)
  • Data handling, analysis and evaluation
  • Synoptic overview of the relevance of biology in society in the 21st century
  • Collaboration and communication via subject based problem solving
  • Independent study skills

Course content

Topic 1: Biological molecules and their universal nature

Topic 2: Cells as the building blocks of life

Topic 3: Exchange of substances between organisms and the environment

Topic 4: DNA, genetic information and variation

Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

Topic 6: How organisms respond to changes in both the internal and external environments

Topic 7: Genetics, evolution and the formation of new species

Topic 8: The control of genes and applications of genetic technology in medicine

Entry requirements

5A*-C/9-5 GCSE grades. Students must also achieve at least B grades in Core Science and Additional Science or GCSE Biology, and at least a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.


Paper 1 May/June: 35% of total A Level

Paper 2 May June: 35% of total A Level

Paper 3 May/June: 30%of the total A Level

Practical skill development through 12 compulsory experiments.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years