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Biology A Level at South Axholme Academy

Course description

Biology is the science of life – from the molecular processes taking place at a cellular level, to the distribution and variety of living organisms on an ecological scale. Biologists are not only contributing to our understanding of the human body, through researching pathologies and developing treatments; but also to our environmental and social awareness, through conservation projects, managing natural resources and developing the crops needed to solve the global food shortages of the future.

Course content

A level Biology is split into six modules
In your first year you will cover Modules 1 to 4
Module 1- Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2- Foundations in biology
Module 3- Exchange and transport
Module 4- Biodiversity, evolution and disease

In your second year you will cover modules 5 and 6
Module 5- Communications, homeostasis and energy
Module 6- Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Collectively at the end of the two years of study, three separate examinations will be sat that will cover all the modules as well as the practical skills covered in the minimum 12 practical activities.

It is necessary to complete the required 12 practical activities as these lead to the practical endorsement.

Entry requirements

A level Biology requires at least grades BB in Core and Additional Science or grade B in GCSE Biology, B in Maths and B in English, having studied the higher tier content for these exams.


This is a linear qualification, with the full two years of study assessed at the end of Year 13 in the form of two 2h 15min and one 1h 30min written exam papers. These will consist of a range of short and long answer questions as well as multiple-choice style questions, with the outcome of these exams determining the final A-level grade

As part of their course, students will also be required to demonstrate competence in a set of compulsory practical activities in order to achieve the Practical Endorsement required for further study of Biology at university.

Future opportunities

Many careers utilise the knowledge and skills gained by the study of Biology. Students can go on to further study to work in areas such as genetics and genetic engineering, the biosciences industry, healthcare, nursing and the life sciences as well as agriculture, horticulture and animal sciences. Biology may also be taken by students wishing to diversify their skill set for their higher education application, as it is viewed as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Axholme Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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