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Biology A Level at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

Biology is the study of the mechanisms that underpin all living organisms. It covers the rapidly changing fields of genetics and biotechnology.

Course content

You will study digestive, circulatory and gas exchange systems, including the role of enzymes as biological catalysts, and passive and active transport across membranes. Also, the similarities and differences in the biochemical basis and cellular organisation of living organisms are discussed. The course examines structured communities within dynamic and largely stable ecosystems through which energy and chemical elements are recycled. Students sample different communities on the field trip at the start of Year 13. The course also looks at the response to stimuli, including the control of heart rate, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and the use of gene cloning technologies to design new industrial and medical processes.

Entry requirements

GCSE 6 in Biology or  7/7 in Combined Science + 6 in Maths.


Students sit three modules at the end of the A-Level course. The three exams form 100% of the course assessment. Throughout the  two year course, a minimum of twelve core investigations are conducted and assessed.
Paper 1: All content, including practical skills
Paper 2: All content, including practical skills
Paper 3: Practical skills and synoptic essay

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years