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Biology AS & A Level at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The Edexcel A Level content has been radically updated to provide an emphasis upon more relevant and modern Biology. This means less work on plants, for example, than is usually the case, and a lot more content to do with the human body, medical aspects of Biology, forensic science etc. 

As well as textbooks specifically written for each unit you will have access to support materials on the school's intranet and dedicated website. These materials include: interactive tests for student self-assessment, interactive activities using models as links to relevant websites. 

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 looks at health and lifestyle, with particular reference to the heart and circulatory system. The second part of Unit 1 looks at basic biological principles which are explained through the study of cystic fibrosis. 

Unit 2 considers the work of cells and the implications of recent developments in cell technology. Whereas the second half of Unit 2 looks at Biodiversity and Plant Biology. 

Unit 3 will be examination based on practical work. Questions will come from practicals competed during the year. 

A Level

This follows the study of forensics and immunology in Unit 4 where you will learn how the body fights disease and what happens to living tissue after death. You will also study photosynthesis and the passing on of energy through ecosystems. 

For Unit 5 students will explore the functions of respiration, muscle, joints and bone structure. As well as this, students are taught about the brain and perception, nervous impulses and different aspects of the brain function.

Unit 6 will be examined based on practical work. Questions will come from the practicals completed during the year. 

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Grade B (or at least BB from Core and Additional Science) and Grade 5/6 in Mathematics

Route 2 -  Grade B (or at least BB from Core and Additional Science) and Grade 5/6 in Mathematics

Route 3 - Not available

It is highly recommended that pupils achieve an average points score of a Grade B or above for all their GCSEs in order to be successful at AS/A Level Biology.


The assessment regime is as follows. You wil sit an examination for each of the taught units in Year 12 and 13, including an examination that makes connections between the different areas of Biology 10% of the marks come from the maths skill.

In Year 12 and 13 there are a series of core practicals which must be studied which will be assessed by examination. 

Future opportunities

The knowledge and skills acquired in studying Biology will prepare you well for a wide variety of higher education opportunities, including Medicine, Nursing, Veterinay Science, Sports Science, Pharmacology. Biology can combine with Mathematics, Geography or Psychology. 

We currently offer the opportunity experience a 4 day taster trip to become doctors and vets. This course runs in December. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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