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Biology A-Level (Edexcel) at Harington School

Course description

Why choose A-Level Biology? To develop a scientific curiosity and logical approach to answering problems.

It does this via students' natural interest in how the human bodyfunctions and how we fit into the world around us. Students will learn about everything from the Biochemistry of living things, up to the Ecological aspects of how all organisms fit together within the Earth community. As a result of studying Biology to A-Level, the key skills of how to be analytical, critical and logical will develop scientific interest and stimulate inquiring minds. Consequently, Biology makes an interesting and usegul addition to any subject combination for any potential career.

Course content

An extensive practical and theoretical course which embraces the cellular basis of diseases, biochemistry behind Stem Cell Therapy, DNA and how changes to its structure have profound biological effects, biodiversity and ecology, physiology of the human body, human nervous system and its effect on human perception.

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

This course is vital to many careers such as medicine, dentistry, science and veterinary science, but also opens up great opportunities in diverse fields. The search for plentiful, healthy foods, new medicines, and sustainable agriculture always requires the versatile, investigative and analytical skills of biologists, which are also valued in many non-scientific industry sectors. The course is suitable for progression to biological and some medical courses. Biology is required for courses such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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