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Biology A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

Biology is a popular subject choice which links well with other sciences, geography, psychology and PE. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a field course to enhance their field study skills.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills
This module underpins the whole specification, covering planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation skills.

Module 2: Foundations in Biology
Cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides, nucleic acids, enzymes, membranes, cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.

Module 3: Exchange and transport Exchange surfaces, transport in animals, transport in plants.

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Communicable disease, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution.

Module 5: Communications, homeostasis and energy
Communication, homeostasis, excretion, nerves, hormones, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration.

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE biology or A grade in the biology theory component of additional science exam.


Examinations will take place at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Studying biology will allow you to opt for the more traditional science courses such as medicine, veterinary science and physiotherapy. It is a launch pad for emerging careers such as stem cell research, molecular biology and genetics. Any course that requires logical and analytical thinking and good communication skills will benefit from studying biology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 January 2017
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    • The size of our Sixth Form gives us greater resources than smaller institutions and this means we are more able to offer a wider range of subject and course combinations at A level & BTEC level 3.

      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
      • Excellent study facilities and subject resources (including state of the art media and music facilities).
      • Personalised care and support through a personal tutor and the Sixth Form pastoral team, supporting and monitoring your progress and acting as a contact point with home.
      • An exceptional curriculum enrichment programme.
      • Access to the school’s sport and gym facilities.
      • Outstanding guidance and support for university, employment or training.