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King Edward VI High School Biology A Level AQA (Block B) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

The course covers wide-ranging aspects of Biological science, the nature of biological organisms and their interactions with the world around them.

Course content

The new A level Biology course covers the following:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. control of gene expression 

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study science subjects at A-level (biology, chemistry, physics or psychology), you will be required to achieve at least a 6 grade in additional science or have achieved  6 or above in the individual subject area if taken as a separate science.


Three written exam papers at the end of the A level course. Each paper is synoptic and may have content from all aspects of the course.  The papers will also assess practical skills through questioning.  Students will have covered 10 mandatory practicals throughout the 2 years.

AS Level examination is also possible at the end of year 1.  Two written exam papers cover the course content and practical skills.

Financial information

Students will need to buy the specified course textbook.  The cost of field trips, where these are necessary and appropriate, will also be passed on to students.

Future opportunities

Studying A-level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

• Clinical molecular geneticist

• Nature conservation officer

• Pharmacologist

• Research scientist

• Higher education lecturer

• Secondary school teacher

• Soil scientist

• Dentist

• Doctor.

Further information

Contact Mrs S M Dolloway, Subject Leader;at

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12BKeBI1