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Advanced GCE in Biology at Ash Green School

Course description

Biology is one of the most fascinating subjects in that you get to explore life itself; discovering the inner workings of the human body and the building blocks that make it to explaining the appearance of the mesmerizing array of different animals on earth. These are just a few of the many interesting subjects that a Biology A Level qualification will help develop an understanding of. This qualification will work to increase the interest of learners into biology and increase their questioning and independent research skills necessary for further progression to university or employment.

Course content

The course is split into 2 years. The first year focuses on 3 core units. Students who decide to carry onto a 2nd year to gain an even deeper understanding into biology and receive a full A level will cover a further 3 core units.

A/S Level GCE (1st Year):  Cells, Exchange & Transport  Molecules, Biodiversity Food & Health  Practical Skills in Biology 1

A Level GCE (2nd Year):  Communication, Homeostasis & Energy  Control, Genomes & Environment  Practical Skills in Biology 2


Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.


AS level – 80% examination 20% practical skills - completed under controlled conditions.

AS and A level – 40% examination, 10% practical skills (coursework) at AS level 40% examination, 10% practical skills (coursework) at A level.


Future opportunities

Biology is an incredibly broad & changing subject, which is mirrored by the career opportunities available. Moreover universities view an A Level in Biology as an ideal qualification from which to follow courses in medicine, conservation, biochemistry, even opportunities in environmental media and journalism. Biology may also complement other subjects such as geography, chemistry, sport & psychology and many more.

Further information

What skills shall I develop during the course?

The development of scientific skills, both thinking, problem solving and physical, is a real focus of the course. As 20% of the course is practically assessed, students will have to research, undertake and analyse a given topic, learning and reinforcing the scientific method of investigation used in real-life. During the course you will also be asked to present, question and collect information through a variety of methods with an emphasis on ICT and independent research skills that can be transferred later on.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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  • Start date: Next September