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A Level Biology at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS

Course description

Brief Outline

At A Level students study 8 topics listed below, which form a rigorous base to move forward and study Biology at degree level.

Course content

1 Biological Molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment

4 Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships between Organisms

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

Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but a grade B at GCSE Biology and chemistry or equivalent is recommended. Separate Science (Biology) is not essential but desirable.


At the end of the first year you will sit two exams, each being 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 75 marks.  Both papers will assess content across the syllabus including relevant practical skills. At the end of the second year of the course you will sit three exams. The first 2 papers are 2 hours and worth 91 marks each and will assess content across the units 1-4 and units 5-8 respectively, including relevant practical skills. Paper 3 will assess work across all 8 units including relevant practical skills. The first two papers will be short answer and longer questions, whilst paper 3 will involve structured questions, including practical techniques, critical analysis of given experimental data and one essay from a choice of two titles. Practical skills will be assessed through a series of 12 compulsory practicals, which will be marked on a pass or fail basis. Please note grades gained at AS will no longer have any bearing on a student's A level grade.

Future opportunities

Higher Education Opportunities

Biology is a very popular choice for students at university.  The majority of universities offer combined degrees with Biology as well as Medical degrees, Ecology, Environmental Studies and other qualifications such as HND and HNC.


Job prospects

Many opportunities are available to the Biologist including the medical professions, marine biology, environmental health, veterinary care, dentistry, conservation and a great many others.


Further information

You can download the specification for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from  You are strongly recommended to look through these so that you are fully informed about the course and what you will learn to see if it is right for you.

Complementary subjects at A Level

Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and other subjects depending upon your career path.

Mr J Parker

Head of Biology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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