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Biology 'AS' & 'A2' at Temple Moor High School

Course description

“Biology is truly a land of unlimited possibilities. We may expect it to give us the most surprising information, and we cannot guess what answers it will return in a few dozen years…. They may be of a kind which will blow away the whole of our artificial structure of hypothesis.” Sigmund Freud


Course content

Why would you not want to learn about how every living thing on the planet functions and interacts? Biology is all around you and the A Level course will help you to explain and understand what is going on.

You will learn about biological molecules, cells, exchange of substances with the environment, and basic genetics in Year 12. In Year 13 you will move onto the expression of genes, evolution and ecosystems, energy transfer, and response to the environment.


Entry requirements

You must have achieved a minimum of a grade 6-6 in Combined Science, or a 6 in Biology at GCSE. You should also have a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.



The course is assessed at the end of Year 13. You will sit 3 exam papers. You will also carry out required practicals to complete your practical skills endorsement. Details of the exams are below:

Paper 1 – 35%. Content covered in Year 12 (Units 1 – 4)

Paper 2 – 35%. Content covered in Year 13 (Units 5 – 8)

Paper 3 – 30%. All content above, plus practical techniques and essay.


Future opportunities

A Level Biology is essential for any further study in Biology. This includes healthcare subjects (medicine, sports science, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedic etc.) veterinary science, biochemistry, genetics, environmental sciences and many more. The skills involved in A Level Biology also compliment other non-science based subjects to give you a well-rounded selection of A Levels. These skills include: problem solving, independent practical work, understanding the scientific method and essay writing.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr Kennard
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01133900770
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