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Biology AS & A Level at Leek High School

Course description

The AS and A level specifications in biology encourage students to:

  • recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge, organise and communicate information in a variety of ways;
  • build on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE specification;
  • analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and apply it to unfamiliar situations;
  • demonstrate and describe practical techniques and processes;
  • be aware of advances in technology, including information technology, relevant to biology;
  • recognise the value and responsible use of biology in society;
  • sustain and develop their enjoyment of, and interest in, biology.

Course content

Students study a modular course of 6 units leading to GCE A level qualification. The units covered in the AQA specification are as follows:

AS Outline

  • Biology and disease
  • The variety of living organisms
  • Investigative and practical skills in AS biology

A2 Outline

  • Populations and environment
  • Control in cells and in organisms
  • Investigative and practical skills in A2 biology


Modules are examined in June. The final qualification is calculated from the sum of the marks from the 6 units.
Assessed practical work counts for 20% of the final marks. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leek High School directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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