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Biology A Level at The Blue School

Course description

The course will present Biology as a subject that is highly relevant to the world in which we live and which is an integral part of that world. You will cover many different areas of contemporary and traditional Biology that will be presented in interesting and stimulating ways.

Learning will be active and include practical work, group discussion and the presentation of work to the rest of the group. There will also be opportunities to research and write about current issues in Biology e.g. cloning, immunological developments.

Course content

The Biology course in Year 12 will cover 4 topics:

Topic 1 Biological Molecules

Topic 2 Cells

Topic 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Topic 4 Genetic information

In Year 13 Biology covers a further 4 Topics:

Topic 5 Energy transfer in and between organisms

Topic 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

Topic 7 Genetic, populations, evolution and ecosystems

Topic 8 The control of gene expression


Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

·         English Language – New grade 4 or above

·         Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


The A level grade is based on three papers;

Paper 1 assesses topics 1-4 including relevant practical skills, it is 2 hours, 91 marks and 35% of A-level. It is a made up of 76 marks from short and long answer questions and 15 marks from extended writing.

Paper 2 follows the same pattern as paper 1 but assesses material from topics 5-8.

Paper 3 is 2 hours, 78 marks and 30%; it is made up of 38 marks from structured questions including practical techniques, 15 marks from critical analysis of given experimental data and 25 marks for writing one essay from a choice of two titles.

Future opportunities

Completing an A level in Biology could lead to a broad range of career opportunities in: Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Forensic Science, Sport Science, Pharmacology, Veterinary Medicine, Conservation, Zoology, Microbiology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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