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Biology AS & A Level at Outwood Academy Newbold

Course description

This course is designed for students who wish to focus on their study of biological science. This course is suited to a range of students wishing to follow a number of different pathways from those wishing to study for a vocational qualification or a more academic course in Higher education or simply because they wish to know more about how humans interact with each other and the environment.

The aims are to encourage students to:

  • Develop and stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology
  • Appreciate the way in which scientists work and the contribution of biology to a modern society
  • Develop essential knowledge, skills and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other

Course content

AS is divided into 4 topics, with 6 required practical activities. These practicals must be carried out by the student with assessment of the acquired skills in the 2 written examination papers.

A Level follows a similar structure with the study of 3 topics and a further 6 required practical activities.

The linear exams will examine all the topics from the AS and A-Level content along with all 12 required practical activities in 3 written examination papers.

AS and Advanced level Biology provide progression from Key Stage 4, through post-16 studies to form the basis for entry to higher education and employment. It provides a worthwhile course of study for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education, career development and lifelong learning. The specification establishes core principles on which an understanding of Biology is based.

The course should provide stimulus and generate an interest for students and has been designed to give students an insight into how science is relevant to their everyday experiences. It should also help them to develop critical skills which will improve their decision-making, both on a personal level and as a member of society

Entry requirements

At LEAST a Grade B in Core and Additional Science or two B grades from Biology/and or Chemisty and Physics. Plus a grade B in Maths.

You will need a good, practical mind for Biology and a desire to learn about the chemistry of biological molecules and biological pathways and be able to work independently.


AS Level

Paper 1 & 2 (2 x 1½ hour papers) Raw marks 75, each paper is 50% of the AS

  • Topic 1 Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2 Cells
  • Topic 3 Organisms exchanging substances with their environment
  • Topic 4 Generic information variation & relationships between organisms & 6 required practicals

A Level

  • Topic 5 Energy transfer in and between organisms – Paper 1 (Topics 1-4 from AS)2 hours, Raw marks 91 35% of the A-Leve
  • Topic 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments – Paper 2 (Topics 5- 8) 2 hours Raw marks 91 35% of the A-Level
  • Topic 7 Genetic populations evolution and ecosystems
  • Topic 8 Control of gene expression – Paper 3 Topics 1-8 plus practical techniques 2 hours Raw marks 78 30% of the A-Level Further 6 required practicals

Future opportunities

Did you know that Biology is one of the most popular A-Level subject in the country and it helps you to develop many skills that are essential for any career.

It can lead to university or workbased qualifications in the following areas:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Physiotherapy
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September