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Biology A level at Chace Community School

Course description

The A Level GCE is comprised of eight units and 12 practicals, which are externally assessed through written exams at the end of the two year course.  You will also be assessed for practical competency through six criteria.

Content Units:

1.    Biological molecules

2.    Cells

3.    Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4.    Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

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

The practical endorsement is awarded by teachers at the end of the A Level based on competency demonstrated in the following five criteria:

1.    Follows written procedures.

2.    Applies investigative approaches and methods when using instruments and equipment.

3.    Safely uses a range of practical equipment and materials.

4.    Makes and records observations.

5.    Researches, references and reports.

Practical competency will be assessed in the 12 mandatory practicals in addition to any other practicals carried out over the two years. 

Entry requirements

Students are required to gain at least a grade B in both GCSE Core and Additional Sciences or two grade Bs in Separate Science (including GCSE Biology) and a grade B in GCSE Maths.  

Future opportunities

  • Biochemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Dentistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Nursing 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September