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A Level: Biology at Beauchamp College

Course description

Students are supported and guided through their work by study programmes that help them to bridge the gap between work at GCSE and A-levels. Independent learning, including use of our on-line virtual learning environment will be an important component in this course. Students will learn study skills and use study guides to work on their own. Knowledge and understanding of each topic will be assessed internally by regular written tests.

You will be taught in the modern and well equipped science labs and classrooms all of which have state of the art computers and data- projectors/smart boards. Practical work will be carried out regularly as part of each topic which will contribute to a practical endorsement in addition to your A or AS level.

In addition to timetabled lessons, students will be supported through extra flexible learning sessions targeted to individual needs, at appropriate stages of learning.

Course content

The AQA syllabus includes the following topics:

1. Biological molecules (AS/A-level).

2. Cells (AS/A-level).

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment (AS/A-level).

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms (AS/A-level).

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only).

6. Organisms respond to changes in internal and external environments (A-level only).

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only).

8. The control of gene expression (A-level only).

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

6 or above in at least 2 Sciences and a 5 or above in Maths.


3 papers on topics 1-8 including short and long answer questions, comprehension questions, critical analysis of given experimental data and one essay from a choice of two titles. Relevant practical skills will be assessed in the above papers.

Future opportunities

The curriculum provides an excellent foundation for further and higher education in any of the biological sciences; e.g. Biochemistry, Microbiology, Botany and Zoology, or more applied sciences such as Pharmacy, Horticulture, Optometry or Medicine. In addition to the knowledge students also have the opportunity to develop many transferable skills, which are sought after by future employers.

Opportunities to develop digital literacy skills are routinely incorporated, as well as communication and scientific skills. The latter includes skills such as experimental design and the ability to use evidence to draw conclusions logically and concisely. Perhaps most importantly, students will also learn the study skills, which will be so essential to progress in higher education.

Further information

A level Biology is supported by a well evolved VLE course with activities, research articles, past papers and mark schemes. Information is readily available via student forums on Beauchamp Online Learning (BOLL). In addition to state of the art laboratory facilities, there is significant investment in ICT provision within the Science department.

A level Biology is a large subject with around 300 students at any one time. Each group has two biology teaching specialists assigned.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years