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Biology A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Biology is a subject about us and our world. In the Sixth Form it aims to explain how animals and plants live and grow, and shows how they depend on each other to survive. Biology examines how we can use the latest developments in research to improve the quality, health and understanding of our lives.

Course content

AS and first year of A-level

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.


Second year of A-level

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

AS & GCE Advanced Biology students are preferred to possess at least two B grades in GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science; if you have studied Triple Science then B grades in GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics are required. GCSE Applied Science is not suitable neither is a single Science subject.


Exams for each unit.

Future opportunities

AS & GCE Advanced Biology is a subject with content close to recent developments but more importantly relevant to our world. If you are thinking of a career in the medical field, working with animals or studying ecological matters then Biology would be essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years