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Biology A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

The course is divided into biological topics, each containing different key concepts of Biology. Once the key features of a Biological topic have been developed, applications are considered.

The aims of the course 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.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 


There is no coursework at Year 12 or Year 13. Practical work will be completed during the course which will then be assessed in the examinations.

Year 13:

Paper 1 - Examination paper; 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions plus 15 marks: extended response questions

Paper 2 - Examination paper; 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions plus 15 marks: comprehension question

Paper 3 - Examination paper; 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques plus 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data plus 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles.

Further information

How will the course be taught?

The teaching is a combination of student centred activities, class discussion, student presentations, private study, independent learning, use of IT and experimental and investigative work. Work books and text books are provided and students will be regularly tested to support their progress and develop exam technique.

What skills will I learn?

The Biology A-Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
- How to collect data and evaluate it
- How to investigate facts and use deduction
- How to put over your point of view effectively
- How to take responsibility for your own learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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