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Biology AS A2 at Kingsthorpe College

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Your Key Learning Topics

In the first year youll study three main topics: 'Biology and Disease', 'The Variety of Living Organisms' plus a practical assignment which is designed to sharpen your investigative skills. Amongst them, these three topics give a solid grounding in Biology.

Year Two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like Year One, has two academic topics plus a practical assignment. The academic topics are 'Population and Environment' and ' Control in Cells and Organisms'. The practical assignment is where you investigate a different area of Biology.

Entry requirements

To begin A Level Biology you should have 5 GCSEs grade C or above including English, Maths and Science - at least two grade Cs in Science if the double award, preferably on the Higher paper, and at least three grade Cs if the triple award, especially on the Biology paper. You need to be hardworking and committed to achieving.


In the first year youll have three assignments:

  • A 75 minute paper on 'Biology and Disease' which accounts for 17% of your A Level marks.
  • A 105 minute paper on 'The Variety of Living Organisms' which accounts for 23% of your A Level marks.
  • The practical assignment which accounts for 10% of your A Level marks.

Year Two is almost identical:

  • A 90 minute paper on 'Populations and Environment', accounting for 17% of your A Level marks.
  • A 135 minute paper on 'Control in Cells and Organisms', accounting for 23% of your A Level marks.
  • The practical assignment, accounting for 10% of your A Level marks.

Further information

What skills will I learn?

The Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:

  • How to collect data and evaluate it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view effectively
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning

Where will success take me?

Biology goes with almost everything as well as being a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.

For further details please contact the Science department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsthorpe College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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