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Biology A level at Charters School

Course description

The specification is divided into topics each containing key concepts.  These include biochemistry, mammalian physiology, health and disease, biotechnology and ecosystems and sustainability. Within each section are included subjects which are having a significant impact on the living world in the twenty first century. The course incorporates extensive practical work which is both incorporated into the theoretical topics and also assessed separately.

Course content

1 - Development of practical skills in biology,

2 – Foundations in biology,

3 – Exchange and transport,

4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease,

5 – Communication,

6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.


Entry requirements

For the successful study of A level Biology you will need to have achieved and preferably exceeded the minimum academic standards set our in our sixth form entry requirements.


4 assessments covering 6 modules.

Biological processes (modules 1,2,3 and 5); 100 marks; 

2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 37% of total A level.

Biological diversity (modules 1,2,4 and 6); 100 marks; 

2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 37% of total A level.

Unified biology (modules 1 to 6); 70 marks; 1hr 30 minutes written paper; 26% of total A level.

Practical endorsement in biology; Non exam assessment – reported separately.

Financial information

The course does include a field course in Devon at the end of year 12 costing in the region of £350.

Future opportunities

Biology is a requirement for those thinking of doing Medicine, Veterinary Science, Research and Development, Sports Science, Physiotherapy and many other associated courses at university. 

Further information

This is a demanding course which combines in depth theory with extensive practical work. Success depends on students taking an active role in their learning.  Students will benefit from taking A level chemistry enabling them to understand the biochemistry section of both AS and A2 course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 January 2018

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