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Biology AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

The course is taught over two years with AS exams at the end of the first year. The exams at the end of the second year make up 100% of the A‐Level grade and can cover any topic of the full two years. There is no coursework now, but there is a separate qualification for the practical endorsement. Developing practical skills is an integral part of the course and they are used to make sure students are confident with the techniques and understanding of the Biology

Course content

The course is broken up into 8 teaching units across 2 years. The Units studied are:‐

AS Level

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

A Level

  • Module 5‐ Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Module 6‐ Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Module 7‐ Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Module 8‐ The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Science and Additional Science Grade B or GCSE Biology Grade B



  • Paper 1‐ 90 minute exam‐ 50% of AS Level
  • Paper 2‐ 90 minute exam‐ 50% of AS level


  • Paper 1‐ 120 minutes‐ 35% of total A‐Level  
  • Paper 2‐ 120 minutes‐ 35% of total A‐Level
  • Paper 3‐ 120 minutes‐ 30% of Total A‐Level

Practical Endorsement in Biology. Non examined, assessed throughout the A‐Level based on experiments

Future opportunities

Biology an A‐Level is adaptable and can suit a variety of subjects. When looking at higher education Biology offers a huge variety of options from medicine to zoology and can be a good route into many careers. Below are some of the destinations of previous students.

  • Biological and Forensic Science, Coventry University
  • Veterinary Science, Royal School of Veterinary Science
  • Biochemistry and Genome Science, Portsmouth University
  • Medicine, University of Leicester

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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