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Biology A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

The course develops ideas from GCSE, investigating such topics as control systems and interdependence of species in more detail.  

An integral part of the course is the assessed practical component. There are 12 key practical investigations across the two years that are monitored and upon successful completion, result in a practical endorsement that is printed with the A-level certificate.

 Development of How Science Works skills are embedded, enabling students to consider the impact of scientific developments on societies and the environment.

Course content

1 Biological molecules (Y12)

2 Cells (Y12)

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment (Y12)

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms (Y12)

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

6 Organisms respond to changes in their 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

Grade 6 or 6-6  AQA Triple or Combined Science GCSE

Grade 6 or higher maths GCSE


There are two aspects of assessment. The A level is assessed terminally (at the end of Y13) with three exam papers covering the entire specification.

Additionally, there is a practical endorsement that is independent of the A level grade and is a pass/fail certificate. This is based on your demonstration and development of practical investigative skills over 12 required practical investigations. These take place regularly throughout the two years.


Financial information

Course books are ordered within the first few weeks from CGP at a cost of £10 for each year of study.

Future opportunities

This course is recommended for students

wishing to study medicine, dentistry,

pharmacy and other life science related

subjects. However, as well as a respected

qualification encompassing many skills, it

is also taken by students wishing to have a

broad range of AS qualifications.

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: 12 October 2017
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