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Biology A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

MODULE 1 Development of practical skills in Biology

MODULE 2 Foundations in Biology - Cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes, biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

MODULE 3 Exchange and transport - Exchange surfaces, transport in animals, transport in plants

MODULE 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease - Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution

MODULE 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy - Communication and homeostasis, excretion as an example of homeostatic control, neuronal communication, hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis, respiration

MODULE 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems - Cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability


Entry requirements

Students must gain either at least two B grades in GCSE Double Science or a minimum of grade B in Triple Science Biology and one other Triple Science subject. Additionally, a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required.


Students secure knowledge in a variety of ways. Emphasis is placed on the genuine understanding of biological concepts together with the application of biological ideas to give a concise and accurate explanation of processes, events and data. Individual and group practical work is integral to the course. Regular summary unit tests will assess student progress throughout the course. A textbook will provide the basis for the course and students may purchase additional revision guides. There are extensive resources for independent study on the school VLE.

Three examinations covering two years’ content and practical understanding.
- Unit 1: Biological Processes - 37% of total A-level, 2 hours 15 minutes
- Unit 2: Biological Diversity - 37% of total A-level, 2 hours 15 minutes
- Unit 3: Unified Biology - 26% of total A-level, 1 hour 30 minutes
- Practical Endorsement (reported separately)

Future opportunities

Biology is either essential or facilitating for a variety of careers including, but not limited to, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, genetics, agriculture, environmental work, forensic science and biotechnology. Biology is undoubtedly a subject with considerable impact on the future and individuals considering careers in Law, Banking and Economics could benefit from an understanding of its implications.

Further information

Biology combines well with a range of subjects, in particular Chemistry, Mathematics and Physical Education. Art, Computing, Food and Nutrition and Geography are all related in many aspects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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