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Biology A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course.

Whatever field you eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Course content

  1. Development of practical skills in biology
  2. Foundations in biology
  3. Exchange and transport
  4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  5. Communication, homeostasis and energy
  6. Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities including experimental work, formal presentation of new ideas and concepts, discussion and student presentations.

The course is designed to ensure:

  • that learning is enjoyable, and enhances a student's enthusiasm for Biology and science
  • relevance to contemporary issues by building on previously studied concepts.

Entry requirements

Core and Additional Science (B) or Biology (B) plus English Language or English Literature (6) and Mathematics (6). Students may be considered with English Language or English Literature (5) and Mathematics (5).

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


  • Paper 1 – 100 marks testing modules 1, 2, 3 and 5, 2 hours 15 mins, 37%
  • Paper 2 – 100 marks testing modules 1, 2, 4 and 6, 2 hours 15 mins, 37%
  • Paper 3 - 70 marks testing all 6 modules, 1 hour 30 mins, 26%

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

In most cases Biology is an essential subject for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and some biological sciences. Other students go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching.

Further information

Resources and Facilities

  • Three teachers of A-level Biology and an excellent team of technicians
  • A well equipped department for carrying out post-16 experiments

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Misbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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