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Biology A level at The Holy Cross School

Course description

Biology is a challenging and fascinating subject and it has many applications to everyday life. Whilst Biology is the most approachable Science, it is rigorous and engaging, and aims to equip students with a contemporary grasp of key biological principles.

Course content

Year 12 Topics:

1.       Biological molecules

2.       Cells, viruses and reproduction of living things

3.       Classification and biodiversity

4.       Exchange and transport

Year 13 Topics:

1.       Energy for biological processes

2.       Microbiology and pathogens

3.       Modern genetics

4.       Origins of genetic variation

5.       Control systems

6.       Ecosystems

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Biology and one other science (GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics) or Grade 6:6 or above in GCSE Combined Science.

Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English language


At the end of Year 13 students will sit three exam papers. Papers 1 & 2 are both 1 hour 45 minutes long. Each paper provides 30% of the overall mark. Paper 3 is 2 hours 30 minutes long and provides 40% of the overall mark.

In addition, there is an additional Certificate in Practical Skills which is awarded to A level students who have demonstrated the necessary practical skills. This is separate to the A level grade and, if awarded is recorded as a ‘Pass’ on the A level certificate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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