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Biology A Level at Coombe Girls' School

Course description

Biology is the study of living organisms and how they interact with their environments. Biology is a demanding and interesting subject which involves finding out about how both plants and animals function and behaviour from a cellular level upwards. This subject is very topical and includes constantly updated subject matter such as stem cell research and new genetic therapies.

Course content

The A Level Biology course is split into 6 modules. Modules 1-4 is completed for those taking the AS qualification and modules 1-6 combined with the practical endorsement for those taking the full A level. Within these modules you will study cell structure and cell division.

This builds up to exchange surfaces and transport in animals and plants. Biochemistry is also studied which includes the biological molecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids and enzymes. Health and disease within both plants and animals, will be explored, as will world biodiversity and evolution. The final module is designed to develop students’ practical skills and is linked to all aspects of the specification.

Entry requirements

Entry onto this course is possible from both double and triple science courses provided that a minimum of an A grade and a B grade are achieved, e.g. an A in core and B in additional or vice versa, or an A in one of the triple sciences and a B in another.


All modules are assessed through external written examinations, including the practical skills module. The only aspect of the course internally assessed is the practical endorsement at A level, which will be assessed throughout the course in class.

Future opportunities

There are a wide range of biological based degree courses which can lead to a wide and varied range of future careers: Biomedical Scientist, Pathologist, Haematologist, Research scientist, Botanist, Marine Biologist, Teacher, Nurse and Dentistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years