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Biology AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

This course will enable you to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of biology, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations.
  • develop an understanding of scientific methods
  • be aware of advances in technology, including information technology, relevant to biology
  • recognise the value and responsible use of biology in society
  • sustain and develop your enjoyment of, and interest in, biology.

Entry requirements

The course builds upon the knowledge and understanding of GCSE double award Science.  It is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade B or above.  During the course students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources.  During parts of the course students will also be expected to handle and interpret data.  As a result students are also expected to have grade C or above in English and maths.


There are no controlled assessments or coursework, practical work will be assessed in written papers.  A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers, however this will not be graded.  If students pass it will be reported on their certificate.

Students will do at least 12 practical activities across the two-year course and will have more opportunities to learn and use practical skills to link theory with practice, deepening their knowledge and understanding.  Students will apply the knowledge and understanding they learn from these practicals in written exams.  Practical based questions will form about 15% of the total assessment.

At AS students will sit 2 exam papers each contributing 50% of AS grade.  At A2 students will sit 3 papers.  Papers 1 & 2 contributing 35% and paper 3 contributing 30% of A2 grade.

Future opportunities

You could follow a degree course in Biology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Psychology and Pharmacy.  These are a small selection of courses with direct links.

Enter a High National course in biological science and related programmes or employment in such areas as pharmacy, biotechnology, catering and land management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September