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Biology A Level (AQA) at Brigshaw High School and Language College

Course description

The Biology course is designed to give students a real understanding of modern Biology. There is an emphasis on the value of biology in society and an awareness of advances in technology alongside an understanding of the inter- relationships of all parts of the living world including ourselves. There will be good opportunities to develop Key Skills


Course content

In the first year you will study four topic areas;


•              Biological molecules

•              Cells

•              The exchange of substances between organisms and the environment

•              Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

In the second year of the course you will go on to study a further four topic areas which build on the knowledge and understanding developed in year 1;

•              Energy transfer in and between organisms

•              Responses of organisms to the internal and external environment

•              Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

•              The control of gene expression

Practical work is embedded throughout the units of work and you will complete a minimum of 6 practical activities in each year of the course. These practical activities will develop your skills in following procedures, applying investigative approaches, using a variety of equipment and materials safely, making and recording observations, and carrying out research to support your practical work.

Entry requirements

Biology is a demanding A-Level course and we would expect candidates to have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Additional Science studying Higher tier, as well as Maths and English at grade 5.


Three 120 minute written examinations at the end of year 2.

At A level there is also a practical endorsement which assesses your practical skills in the 12 activities carried out throughout the 2 year course.

Future opportunities

Biology is a good subject to choose if you want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing and pharmacy. It is also important for careers in forensic science, zoology and marine work

Further information

Please contact Ms Draper.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 November 2017
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