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Biology A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

A Levels students will study:

1. Biological molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

In the second year of A Level students will study:

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

Entry requirements

Two grade 6s in Science (if doing Triple Science at GCSE, one of these should be in Biology), and 6 in Maths and 5 in English.

Students must be able to communicate effectively, analyse, evaluate and explain information. Students will need to be confident with Maths, as at least 10% of the marks in assessments for biology will require the use of mathematical skills.

An interest in science and living organisms is important, as is a willingness to work hard and enjoy learning in a variety of different ways.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


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

There are three exams at the end of the two years all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.

Coursework: 0%

Examination: 100%

Awarding Body: AQA

Future opportunities

Biology leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. These include medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, law, optometry, sports science, microbiology, environmental science, biotechnology, NHS life science careers, zoology, food science, animal behaviour and nursing. As well as degree options, the skills you learn during Biology A Level such as analysis, interpretation, investigation, research and problem solving are highly valued by a number of employers and training providers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

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