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Biology A Level at Keswick School

Course description

Advanced level biology is a challenging course involving elements of biochemistry, maths, ecology and physiology. It is suited to students who have an interest in our bodies, life processes in plants and animals, the environment and biotechnology, and are willing to work hard.

Course content

Subject content:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in GCSE biology
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE mathematics
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English language or literature
  • In addition, students will need to successfully complete a bridging unit in biology.


Practical skills and analysis will be taught in the weekly practical lesson, and examined in the theory exam at the end of the course.

The three A level exam papers will be taken at the end of the two years and will involve data handling, short answers, a comprehension and an essay (10 % of the A level).

During Y12 all students will sit internal pre-public examinations.

Future opportunities

As well as being an interesting subject in itself, A level biology is a useful qualification for students who want to study a broad range of other subjects.

Students will be able to move towards careers in medicine, veterinary science, nursing, conservation, physiotherapy, sports sciences, biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural science, zoology and marine biology.

In addition, some former students have gone on successfully to study a range of unrelated degrees such as architecture, accountancy, law and English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Keswick School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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