Biology A level at The Holy Cross School
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.
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
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.