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Biology Edexcel AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

This multi-disciplinary course not only provides an opportunity for students to improve their basic understanding of biological key concepts, methods and techniques that characterises science and technology, it also enables students to apply their knowledge and skills in explaining both familiar and unfamiliar observations made regarding life forms.

Students should study it if they wish to study biology further in higher education, if they wish to foster their interest and enthusiasm for biology and/or if they wish to qualify for careers in biology. 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Specific entry requirements:

  • AA in GCSE Core/Further Science or BBB in GCSE Core/Further/Additional Science (A in Biology) is preferred.


AS Level:

Paper 1 and Paper 2:

  • All questions must be answered and questions will include both maths and practical skills (externally marked) 
  • Each paper is 1 hour 30 mins
  • Each paper is 50% of AS level (marks achieved do not form part of the final A level grade)

A Level:

Paper 1 and Paper 2:

  • All questions must be answered and questions will include both maths and practical skills (externally marked) 
  • Each paper is 2 hours
  • Each paper is 33.3% of A level

Paper 3:

  • All questions must be answered and questions will include both maths and practical skills as well as questions on a pre-release article(externally marked)
  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A level

Practical assessment:

  • 18 core practicals and knowledge of these will be tested within exam papers
  • All through the two year period
  • Practical portfolio must be maintained and will form part of the practical competency assessment

Assessment of practical skills and the practical endorsement in biology:

Development of practical skills in biology will be assessed through written examinations and through practical endorsement (where learners are required to carry out and maintain a log of specified practical activities) in both AS and A level. 

Future opportunities

Biology is a prerequisite for several courses, such as medicine, biomedical engineering, biomedical science, biochemistry, pharmacology, sports science and environmental sciences.

The course will prepare students to have an advantage in securing a place in university in an area of their interest and seeking employment in future.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.