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Biology A Level at Queensbury Academy

Course description

A Level Biology A will encourage learners to:
• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Course content

Content is divided into six teaching 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
Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths and grade 6 in Combined Science OR the Triple Sciences.


Biological processes 2 hrs 15 mins Written paper (37% of total A Level)
Biological diversity 2 hrs 15 mins Written paper (37% of total A Level)
Unified biology 1 hr 30 mins Written paper (26% of total A Level)
Practical endorsement in biology (Non-exam assessment) (Reported separately)

Future opportunities

An A level in Biology opens up doors to a range of courses such as medicine and dentistry, or environmental science and exercise physiology. Whatever your career plans an AS or an A level in Biology shows you can think analytically and work methodically to solve problems.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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