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Biology A Level at Coombeshead Academy

Course description

In A Level and AS Biology, students develop practical skills by planning experiments,
collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. The
specification covers all of the core areas of Biology. It allows exploration of the
fundamental concepts through a range of practical, group and individual tasks.
This course incorporates the biochemistry and structure which are fundamental to
the functioning of living organisms. Topics include:-
- biodiversity
- structure and function of biological compounds and enzymes
- basic cell structure and organisation
- cell division, cell membranes, and membrane transport
The programme of study ensures there is an appropriate balance between Plant
Biology, Animal Biology and Microbiology and includes an appreciation of the
relevance of sustainability to all aspects of scientific developments.
All living organisms interact with each other and with the non living world. The living
world can be studied at population, organism, cell and molecular levels. There are
fundamental similarities as well as differences between plants, animals and

Entry requirements

GCSE Science: Double Award (Higher Tier) or GCSE Biology minimum grade B or above.


AS – two written examinations
A Level – three written examinations.
Paper 3 will have an emphasis on practical skills
Although the direct assessment of practical skills does not contribute to the final
mark and result, at least 15% of the marks available for the examination will be
questions that indirectly assess students’ practical skills.
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
techniques and procedures
Application of knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
techniques and procedures, in both theoretical and practical contexts when
handling qualitative or quantitative data
Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of scientific information, ideas and evidence,
including in relation to issues and the ability to make judgements, reach conclusions
and develop and refine practical design and procedures

Future opportunities

As a STEM subject Biology A Level opens up a wealth of career paths from
Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Research, Laboratory Support Services,
Conservation and Ecology, etc. It is also a useful subject to combine with other
Sciences or the Humanities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombeshead Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years