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Biology A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

Put simply, Biology is the scientific study of life: as such it encompasses the investigation of living organisms and life processes from the molecular, through cells and individual organisms to populations and whole communities of animals and plants.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in biology
Cell structure, Biological molecules, Nucleotides and
nucleic acids, Enzymes, Biological membranes, Cell
division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.

Module 3 – Exchange and transport
Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and
the immune system, Biodiversity, Classification and

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
Communication and homeostasis, Excretion as
an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal
communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and
animal responses, Photosynthesis, Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating
genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems,
Populations and sustainability.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 4 including English at Grade 5 and Mathematics at Grade 7. Grade 7-6 required if combined science is taken at GCSE. Grade 6 in GCSE Biology required if you have done separate science.


Linear A-Level:
There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Biological processes (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Biological diversity (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, and unified biology (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6.

10% of the marks available within written examinations will be for assessment of mathematics.

Future opportunities

The A-Level Biology course will prepare you for progression to undergraduate study, enabling you to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in biological sciences, medicine and biomedical sciences, veterinary science, agriculture and related sectors.
It can lead to employment across a wide range of sectors including industrial research laboratories, medical communications, pharmaceutical companies, environmental consultancies and nature conservation organisations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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