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Biology A level at Nottingham Girl's Academy

Course description

Biology is a science at the forefront of some of the most exciting and sensitive issues in the news today. Are you intrigued when you hear about the medical developments in genetic engineering? Do you want to know why cells divide and what are the causes of cancer? Or are you concerned with the threat of global extinction and the devastation being caused by global warming? Studying biology A level will enable you to learn more about these issues of interest.

Course content

You will study topics that you are familiar with from GCSE, but at a much deeper and more challenging level.

In Year 1/AS you will cover cell structure, biological molecules, exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease. Year 2 takes you into more depth into homeostasis, communication, energy, genetics, evolution and ecosystems. You will study these topics both through plants and animals giving you a sound background for any biological based career or further education.

Units covered at AS / Year 1 A2

You will study 4 units:

  • Development of practical skills
  • Foundations in Biology
  • Exchange and transport
  • Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Units covered at A level in Year 2

You will study 3 units:

  • Practical skills in Biology.
  • Communication, homeostasis and energy.
  • Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades, including C or above in English and mathematics and grade B in biology GCSE or grade A in additional science.


A level biology is assessed at the end of the second year through three examinations covering topics from Year 1 and Year 2: Biological Processes (37%), Biological Diversity (37%) and Unified Biology (26%).

The exam papers will have a range of questions from multiple choice through short answer up to long answer questions. You will also have to complete set practicals throughout the two years to prepare you for the practical element in the papers.

Future opportunities

Achieving an A level in biology can lead to a wide range of careers or degree courses. You can go on to study biomedical sciences, pharmacy, psychology, biochemistry, biology, zoology, medicine, veterinary science and microbiology amongst other rewarding subjects at university. Biology is also an excellent A level for entry to non-science careers or degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nottingham Girl's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years