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Biology AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

Biology is the study of life, past, present and future. Your knowledge of biology may be used in the future to understand and perhaps solve problems with important worldwide issues such as disease, food production, conservation and controlling population. The AS modules involve studying cell structure and function, gas exchange, blood and the heart, plant structure and function, biochemistry, the key macromolecules, diet, a variety of diseases such as malaria and emphysema and evolution. A2 modules cover the nervous system, excretion, photosynthesis, genetics, respiration, bio-technology, populations and animal behaviour.

Course content


Paper 1 Breadth In Biology

Paper 2 Depth In Biology


Paper 1 Biological Processes

Paper 2 Biological Diversity

Paper 3 Unified Biology

Entry requirements

Required At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). At least 2 B grades (or equivalent) in Science including B or above in Biology and Chemistry components/exams.

Recommended Mathematics and English GCSE at grade B or above.



Paper 1 Breadth In Biology: 1 hour and 30 min written exam - 50% of AS

Paper 2 Depth In Biology: 1 hour and 30 min written exam - 50% of AS


Paper 1 Biological Processes: 2 hours and 15 min written exam - 37% of A2

Paper 2 Biological Diversity: 2 hours and 15 min written exam - 37% of A2

Paper 3 Unified Biology: 1 hour and 30 min written exam - 26% of A2

Future opportunities

An A Level in Biology can lead to entry to university to study Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Zoology and Plant Biology. Biologists from Plymstock have also followed careers such as Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary sciences, Ecology, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Psychology and Teacher training.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years