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Biology A Level at Harris Academy Battersea

Course description

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and opportunity for independent progression from GCSE Science or Biology.

Enrichment opportunities include: AS and A2 trips to University Laboratories at Imperial College London where pupils will complete practical activities including Thin Layer Chromatography and Gel electrophoresis; tutorials and drop-in sessions.

Students often study Biology A-level alongside other Science A-Levels and Mathematics.

Course content

AS units include:

Basic components of living systems

Module 1: Practical Skills in Biology

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

  • Cell structure
  • Biological Molecules
  • Nucleotides
  • Enzymes
  • Biological Membranes
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Diversity
  • Cellular Organisation

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

  • Exchange Surfaces
  • Transport in Animals
  • Transport in Plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Prevention
  • Immune System
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification
  • Evolution

A Level units include:

Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis, Energy

  • Homeostatic Control
  • Neuronal Control
  • Hormonal Communication
  • Plant and Animal Responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

  • Cellular Control
  • Inheritance
  • Patterns
  • Manipulating Genomes
  • Cloning and Biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and Sustainability


Entry requirements

Students must have at least a B grade in Additional Science GCSE or Triple Science GCSE examinations.


Examination Board: OCR

There are three external examinations at the end of A2. Pupils also have to complete 12 internally assessed practical activities to show competency in laboratory skills and research.

AS Units:

These are assessed by written exam (2 papers: 1 hour, 15 minutes and 1 hour)

A Level Units:

These are assessed by three written exam papers (2 hour 15 minutes per paper)

Future opportunities

Appropriate for undergraduate study and further study in:

  • Veterinary work and animal welfare
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Armed forces medical work
  • Conservation work
  • Marine biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Wildlife presenting
  • Pathology
  • Forensic science
  • Fertility-treatment
  • Genetics counselling
  • Health and fitness training
  • Pharmac
  • Bioengineering
  • Pharmaceuticals

Further information

What our students say:

“Whilst there is a lot to learn it is always interesting, especially when the topics are linked to humans, I really enjoy learning about DNA and all the advancements in genetic research. The practical activities are challenging but fun and the trips to Imperial have allowed us to see labs at universities ”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Battersea directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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