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Biology A Level at Cramlington Learning Village

Course description

In Biology you will develop practical skills by planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. You will be asked to explain how scientific models are developed, and investigate the applications and implications of science. You will also have a chance to consider the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Course content

Year 12:
Unit 1 - Lifestyle, transport, genes and health
Unit 2 - Development, plants and the environment
Unit 3 - Practical Biology and research skills

Year 13:
Unit 4 - The natural environment and species survival
Unit 5 - Energy, exercise and coordination
Unit 6 - Practical Biology and investigative skills

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs across a range of subjects including English and Maths. Grade BB in dual award science or grade B in Biology triple science with at least a B in all Biology units. An average GCSE point score of 43 or above is also required.


AS - Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed written examination papers. Each is 1hour 30mins long. Unit 3 is the externally assessed coursework unit (20% of AS grade).

A2 - Units 4 and 5 are externally assessed written examination papers, there is a synoptic pre-release element to Unit 5. Unit 6 is externally assessed (20% of A Level grade).

Future opportunities

Biology is a valuable and enjoyable subject for students going on to careers both inside and outside of science. You can:

- Take up employment in one of many related job areas, for example: pharmacy, biotechnology, catering or land management
- Go on to study Biology at a higher level or in a biological science related programme
- Progress to a degree course in for example, Biology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy or Dietetics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cramlington Learning Village directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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