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Biology A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

Biology is a popular A Level subject, whether combined with other Sciences and Mathematics, or Geography. Biology is a preferred subject for medical, veterinary and pharmaceutical careers. It is obviously necessary for continued university studies in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Ecology and all related disciplines.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology (planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation)

Module 2 – Foundation Biology  Cells  Biological molecules

Module 3 – Exchange and transport  Exchange surfaces  Transport in animals  Transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease  Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system  Biodiversity  Classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy  Excretion as an example of homeostatic control  Neural communication  Hormonal communication  Plant and animal responses  Photosynthesis  Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems  Cellular control  Patterns of inheritance  Manipulating genomes  Cloning and biotechnology  Ecosystems  Populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

a GCSE grade A in Biology or in Science and Additional Science (or a ‘high’ B with a strong teacher recommendation) is the minimum required to apply for Biology AS / A level.


Assessment consists of 3 examination papers (Biological processes, Biological diversity and Unified Biology) totaling 6 hours.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years