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Biology A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Biology?

Those who enjoy applying practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles of the study of living things.

Course content

AS Biology and the first year of A Level Biology

The topics that will be covered:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Second year of A Level Biology

Four topics are studied throughout the course and these are:

  • 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. 

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.


AS Biology and the first year of A Level Biology


There are two exam papers, both exams last for one hour and 30 minutes. They are both worth 50% towards the final grade.

Second year of A Level Biology


There are three written exam papers that last for two hours each. Paper 1 assesses topics 1-4 and contributes 35% towards the final grade. Paper 2 assesses topics 5-8 and contributes 35% towards the final grade. Paper 3 assesses the contents from topics 1-8 and contributes 30% towards the final grade. The style of exam questions used include: short questions, data questions, comprehension, critical analysis of given experimental data and an essay question to assess subject knowledge.

Future opportunities

Biology A Level provides an appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills for the study of Biology at university. It is also useful for students planning to pursue Medicine or Dentistry, and is a valued qualification for all science-related professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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