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Biology A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

From the study of microorganisms to the study of mammoths, biology looks at a wide range of exciting topics.

At AS level, there are four areas of study, designed to give you a solid grounding in biology:

  • biological molecules
  • cells
  • organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

At A level, you study those topics and build on that firm foundation to study a further four academic topics:

  • energy transfers in and between organisms
  • organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • the control of gene expression

Course content

You will learn through:

  • AS textbooks
  • biology websites
  • CD Roms
  • biology study day
  • independent learning
  • field courses (may be residential)

Entry requirements

To study A level biology you will need 5 or more A* - C grade GCSEs, or equivalent, including at least grade B in English Language, Mathematics and in Additional science, Biology GCSE or equivalent, at the higher tier


The AS level is assessed by two written examinations, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The A level is assessed by three written papers, each lasting 2 hours.

Future opportunities

Biology A level can lead to careers in health or clinical areas. These include medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology, and forensic science.

It can also lead into a variety of Higher Education courses including teaching, nursing, medicine, environmental science, pure science, and applied sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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