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Biology A-Level at Capital City Academy

Course description

A level Biology is suitable if you:

• Have an interest in, and enjoy Biology.

• Want to find out about how things work in the real world

• Enjoy applying your mind to solving problems.

• Want to use Biology to progress onto further studies in Higher Education, support other qualifications or enter Biology-based employment.


Course content

  • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  • Topic 2: Genes and Health
  • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
  • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
  • Topic 5: On the Wild Side
  • Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve Grade B or above in GCSE Biology. Students entering the Level 3 Academic Pathway must have an APS of 42 or above.


All examinations will be taken at the end of Y13.

Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival Paper Code 9BN0/01

• Assessment is 2 hours (100 marks)

• Inc multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations & extended writing questions.

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination Paper code: 9BN0/02

• Assessment is 2 hours (100 marks)

• Including multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology Paper code: 9BN0/03

• Assessment is 2 hours (100 marks)

• The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

•The pre-released scientific article will underpin one section of the paper.

• The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics.

Science Practical Endorsement Paper code: 9BN0/04

The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A level Biology. It will appear on all students’ certificates

as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification. Students must carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities.


Future opportunities

A number of university courses either specifically require Biology or state that a science subject is preferred including courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physiology and Dentistry. Biology A-level also provides skills valued in careers outside science such as in the financial sector and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years