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Biology - A Level at Lipson Co-operative Academy

Course description

If you are a student interested in the natural world, the environment, health and the human body and you would like to deepen your understanding of the key processes that explain the natural world around us, then this is the course for you. The course draws upon Level 2 Mathematics and above, with 10% of the marks across all three papers awarded for mathematics. It is not necessary to study mathematics at A Level but a B or above at GCSE is essential. There is also a strong Chemistry component to the course and successful Biologists also study Chemistry at A Level to support their studies. Science A Levels are one of the first subjects to switch to the new linear A Level format, and as such will consist of a two year course with examination at the end of Year 13. The structure of the course is designed to instil key skills and promote a fuller understanding of the concepts linking the natural world; in short to produce skilled scientists.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in GCSE Biology, triple route preferred choice, as will look at module marks, in particular B7
  • Grade B or above in English and Mathematics
  • Grade BB in core and additional science
  • 5 A*-C grade GCSEs


Assessments will be carried out after every topic and will include questions from previous topics to ensure you retain understanding. Key word tests will be carried out sporadically which is why keeping glossaries up to date will be essential. All KS5 subject teachers have an ‘open door’ policy. This means you will be able to ask for support even when a teacher has another class with them. Your teacher will arrange with you a suitable time to support you with any homework or revision if you feel you need extra help. Timetabled intervention will be set up if a student is falling below the expected level of progress at any stage during the course.

Future opportunities

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of the students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to degrees in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will 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. Potential degree courses supported by Biology A Level: Medicine, Physiotherapy, Biological, Sciences, Bachelor of Education-Science, Veterinary courses, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Nursing, Midwifery, Ocean science, Plus many more!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lipson Co-operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September