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Biology A Level at Park High School

Course description

Biology A-level is designed to extend your understanding of the structure and function of living things and develop your ability to apply your understanding to explaining real-life and practical contexts. Practical work, mathematical skills and applying your knowledge to explain data forms an integral part of the course and there are 16 core practical’s on which you will be assessed on these skills in class.

Course content

In addition to practical investigations, you will study the following topics in-depth: 

Biological molecules

Cells and viruses


Exchange and transport

Energy for biological processes 

Microbiology and pathogens 

Modern genetics

Origins of genetic variation

Control systems


Entry requirements

GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on this course:

5 in Biology GCSE or 5-5 in Combined Science GCSE 5 in Mathematics GCSE and 4 in English Language GCSE


Unit 1 - Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics - exam 90 marks - 1hr 45 min - 30% weighting

Unit 2 - Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology - exam 90 marks - 1hr 45 min - 30% weighting

Unit 3 - General and Practical Principles in Biology - exam 120 marks - 2 hr 30 min - 40% weighting

Unit 4 - Science Practical endorsement - Teacher assessment of the practicals will lead to an overall mark of Pass or Fail which will be reported on the results certificate

Future opportunities

Biology is a rigorous academic subject that forms an excellent foundation for any form of study or career in which the ability to make links, research and retain knowledge, discuss and debate controversial issues and have a thorough understanding of scientific investigations are required. Popular post-18 choices include studying Biology or associated specialties (Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology etc.) and studying Medicine or medical-related courses such as Dentistry, Optometry, or Physiotherapy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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