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Biology A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

The course sees students developing knowledge and understanding of biological concepts, principles and facts. The aims of the course are to encourage students to: 

  • develop their interest and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology 
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society 
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works 
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding In different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other 

Course content

If you take the full A level course you will sit 3 exams at the end of year 13. These exams will cover 6 units of content. The first 4 units of content are the same as the AS course.

  • Module I - Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 - Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 - Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 - Biodiversity. evolution and disease
  • Module 5 - Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

The course suits students with enquiring minds and a real Interest In the natural world. 

If you wish to study Biology at A level you should have Ideally achieved: 

  • Grade B or higher In GCSE Biology/ AA in Core and Additional Science. 
  • C grade in Maths and C grade In English. 


There are 3 exams at the end of year 13. 

  1. Blological Processes (37%)
  2. Biological Diversity (37%)
  3. Unified Biology (26%) 

You are also assessed on your practical skills. This is done over the 2 year course in school and will give you a separate practical skills endorsement. It does not go towards your A level grade.

Future opportunities

Biologists are employed In many areas including:

  • agriculture,
  • bioengineering,
  • veterinary science,
  • medical research,
  • medicine.
  • teaching,
  • forestry,
  • marine studies,
  • health care,
  • biochemistry 
  • biophysics. 

This course contains some overlap with A Level Chemistry and Geography in the areas of biochemistry, environmental science and microbiology - it is essential for medical related degrees where the highest possible grade is necessary. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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