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Biology - A Level at Hanley Castle High School

Course description

The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology;

• appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;

• develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;

develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

Course content

A level Course Content:

Module 1 - Practical skills development

Module 2 - Cells, chemicals for life, transport and gas exchange

Module 3 - Cell division, development and disease control

Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

The A level specification has been written to provide progression from GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE Biology; achievement at a minimum grade B on the Higher Tier paper in these qualifications should be seen as the normal requisite for entry to A level Biology, along with a minimum Grade B in Maths at GCSE.


Paper 1: Biological Processes

Paper 2: Biological Diversity

Paper 3: Unified Biology

Non-Exam assessment of practical skills

Future opportunities

Biology gives access to many careers, often via university degree. The list of potential careers is large and includes medicine, physiology, speech therapy, veterinary science, marine biology, ecology, conservation and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanley Castle High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September