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Biology AQA AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:
Students considering this course should:-
  • Have an interest in the study of living organisms.
  • Enjoy carrying out investigations in the laboratory or as fieldwork. 
  • Be interested in the developments of 'new' biology topics such as genetic engineering and the impact on society.
  • Have a sound grasp of mathematics and chemistry and an understanding that these demands will increase in the A2 year. 

Course content

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis.

However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific Entry Criteria:

GCSE graded A"-B in at least 2 GCSE Science subjects - either seperate sciences with at least a B in Biology or A"A"-BB In Double Science (Additional Applied Science does not provide adequate preparation for A Level Biology).


Paper 1

What's assessed:

  •  Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills


  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks


  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: comprehension question


Paper 2

What's assessed:

  • Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills


  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks


  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: extended response questions

Future opportunities

Over 200 different biological degree courses are offered by universities in the UK. All require a pass at A Level Biology for entry. The majority of courses lead directly into areas of employment such as:-

  • Dentistry
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Science

Areas such as Biotechnology, Microbiology, Agriculture and Ecology are becoming increasingly important in society. A Level Biology is not restricted to those aiming to study the subject in Higher Education. Students with an interest who do not need a particular A Level combination will find the course stimulating and relevant. Practical work develops in student's skills that can be applied to many situations in and outside science.

A Level Biology is a compulsory subject for Dentistry and is highly recommended for Medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.