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Biology A Level at Ashfield School

Course description

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution and taxonomy. It is the subject that explains how things work: from the natural world down to your body and the cells within it. Recent research in biology has led to the development of controversial topics such as stem cell technology and genetically modified crops. Society must learn and decide how best to utilise advancements such as these. Study biology and make your decision from an informed position.

Course content

Topics studied:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange of substances with their environment
  • Genetic information
  • Variation and Relationships between Organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms response to changes in their internal and external environment
  • Genetics
  • Populations
  • Evolution and ecosystems
  • Control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 7 and 6 in GCSE Science (or included in triple science grades), plus a 6 in GCSE Mathematics and a 6 in GCSE English.


A2 Biology - has 2 x2 hr exams (35% each) plus 1 x 2hr exam (30%) plus 12 required practical’s.

Future opportunities

Career prospects for Biology graduates are very good. Jobs directly related to a Biology degree include Microbiologist, Conservation Officer, Pharmacologist, Medical Research Scientist and Health Sales. In addition, and A Level in Biology is needed for entry to Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine degree courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years