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Biology AS/A2 Level at Belfairs Academy

Course description

Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk

Topic 2: Genes and Health

Topic 3: Voice of the Genome

Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Topic 5: On the Wild Side

Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics

Topic 7: Run for Your Life

Topic 8: Grey Matter

Entry requirements

B grade in core science and additional science OR B grade in GCSE biology


There is a teacher led assessment of practical competency.

 3 exams:

Paper 1 The Natural Environment and Species Survival.

2 hours, 33.33% of the qualification

Paper 2 Energy, Exercise and Coordination

2 hours, 33.33% of the qualification

Paper 3 General and Practical applications in Biology

2 hours, 33.33% of the qualification.

The pre-released scientific article will underpin one of the questions in this paper. This paper will include synoptic questions that will draw on two or more different topics.

The exam papers may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

They will include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above. The papers will also include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.


Future opportunities

Biology is a desired subject for many degree courses including medical services, nursing, ophthalmology, environmental management and forensic science. It is good for those looking to go into sports and fitness coaching, biotechnology, the food industry, horticulture, along with many other possible career paths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years