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A Level Biology at Great Baddow High School

Course description

These courses have been developed for candidates who wish to continue with a study of biology after GCSE. You may wish to follow a biology course for only one year as an Advanced Subsidiary GCE in order to broaden your curriculum. Alternatively, you may wish to continue for a further year, extending your course to Advanced GCE. Such a course prepares candidates to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in biology, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where knowledge of biology would be useful. Study of Advanced Subsidiary GCE or Advanced GCE Biology should also be seen as making a contribution towards life-long learning.

Course content

Biology is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS level qualification; modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical endorsement, constitute the full A Level.
A summary of the Modules
Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
Module 2 - Foundations in biology
Includes: Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
Module 3 - Exchange and transport
Includes: Exchange surfaces; Transport in animals; Transport in plants
Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Includes: Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system; Biodiversity; Classification and evolution
Module 5 - Communications, homeostasis and energy
Includes: Communication and homeostasis; Excretion; Neuronal and hormonal communication; Plant and animal responses; Photosynthesis; Respiration.
Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Includes: Cellular control; Patterns of inheritance; Manipulating genomes; cloning and biotechnology; Ecosystems; Populations and sustainability.



Two written papers of 1 hr 30 mins duration
Three papers
Papers 1 & 2 both 2 hr 15 mins
Paper 3 1 hr 30 mins
Also a Practical endorsement in biology: a minimum of 12 practical activities. This is reported separately from the A Level (as Pass/Fail)

Future opportunities

These specifications aim to provide an opportunity for you to appreciate spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues. In addition, they encompass aspects of environmental and health education, economic and industrial understanding with a European framework and an awareness of bias.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Baddow High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years