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Biology A Level at Farlingaye High School

Course description

The course explores key biological principles, looking at molecules and cells from which organisms are built and how these are organised and work together.

The physiologies of plants and animals are studied alongside genetics and the use of gene technology in medicine and forensic science.

Disease and infectious pathogens are looked at in relation to human health.

The environment and the effects of human impact are considered, in addition to energy transfer through ecological systems.

Investigative or practical skills are assessed throughout the course.

It is worth considering Biology with a complementary subject such as Chemistry, but this is not essential.

Course content

Core content

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variationand relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms (A Level only)
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A Level only)
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A Level only)
  • The control of gene expression (A Level only)

Entry requirements

GCSE grades: Science BB (Higher Tier only) or B in Biology, plus C in Maths


AS is assessed with two written papers covering any content from modules 1-4, including relevant practical skills.

The two papers are each 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Each paper has a 50% weighting.


A Level is assessed with three written papers covering 1-4, 5-8 and 1-8 respectively.

All papers also assess relevant practical skills.

At A Level, if students meet the required competency of skills and techniques they will also receive a practical endorsement.

Future opportunities

Students go on to a wide range of courses from Biology, including Medicine, Environmental Sudies, Sports Science, Education and Natural Sciences.

However, many students have diverse interests and move into careers beyond the sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016
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