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Biology A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

The A level Biology course is a modular course designed to give students a further understanding of a range of biological areas.

Students will be awarded an Advanced level GCE in Biology with a grade between A*and E. Students will gain a range of basic laboratory skills will be acquired that will be transferable to the work place.

Course content

  • Cell Structure
  • Biological Molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic Acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological Membranes
  • Cell Division and Cell Diversity
  • Cellular Organisation
  • Exchange Surfaces
  • Transport in animals and plants
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
  • Biodiversity, Classification and evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion Neuronal and hormonal control
  • Respiration and photosynthesis
  • Cellular control and patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology

The content of the course is examined at the end of Year 13 where students will be given their A level grade based on the examinations they complete. All coursework and controlled assessments content has been removed from the course. The demonstration of practical skills will still be required throughout the year, but this will not contribute to the final grade.

In addition to the course content, the practical scientific skills that are taught and assessed throughout the year are also examined within the modular examination of the units described above.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve an A grade in either their core science, additional science or further additional science. Students studying separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs are required to achieve an A grade in Biology.


Due to the reforms at A Level, all external assessment will take place at the end of the year of study. Shenfield does not currently offer AS Level Biology, meaning all examinations will be taken at the end of Year 13, although students will have to demonstrate their ability at the end of Year 12 in order to proceed to Year 13. Practical controlled assessments will take place throughout the year.

Future opportunities

The A Level Biology course will prepare students for progression to undergraduate study, enabling them to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in biological sciences, medicine and biomedical sciences, veterinary science, agriculture and related sectors. For students wishing to follow an apprenticeship route or those seeking direct entry into biological science careers, Biology A Level provides a strong background and progression pathway.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years