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Biology A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

A level Biology will give learners the opportunity to use microscopy to study the cell structure of a variety of organisms.

Course content

Biologically important molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, water and nucleic acids are studied with respect to their structure and function. The structure and mode of action of enzymes in catalyzing biochemical reactions is studied. The division and subsequent specialization of cells is studied, together with the potential for the therapeutic use of stem cells. Also learners study some human and plant physiology to include the structure and function of gas exchange and transport systems. Students also study the biodiversity of organisms; how they are classified and the ways in which biodiversity can be measured. The relationships between organisms are studied, considering variation, evolution and phylogeny. Learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations. Students build on this knowledge and understanding by studying topics such as communication, homeostasis and energy and also genetics, evolution and ecosystems. Learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout the course. Practical work in Biology is significant and routine. It is assessed in the final examinations and there is also a practical skills endorsement which is awarded separate to the final A level grade.

Mathematical skills are also embedded throughout the course and are assessed in the final exams. The Maths component of the specification is taught alongside the Biology and gives learners the opportunity to develop skills in algebra, geometry, statistics etc.


Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Biology and one other science (Triple Science) or GCSE Grade 6:6 or above in both Core & Additional Science (Double Science).

 GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language.


The final assessments are made up of “breadth” papers and “depth” papers and contain a mix of multiple choice, short response and long response questions, including questions where the quality of the written communication is assessed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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