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Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 5 – Communications, Homeostasis and Energy. This includes communication, homeostasis, excretion, nerves, hormones, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems. Work will cover cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems and populations and sustainability.Completion of all required practical activities

Summer term:

Final preparation for exams including concise scientific writing and exam technique.

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six additional required practical activities. This totals to 12 assessed practical activities over the two years. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.


Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

Mock exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Biological Processes (37%)

  • Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • 100 marks – 2 hours 15 mins.
  • 15 marks are multiple choice and 85 marks are structured questions and extended response

Biological Diversity (37%)

  • Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • 100 marks – 2 hours 15 mins.
  • 15 marks are multiple choice and 85 marks are structured questions and extended response

Unified Biology (26%)

  • Content from modules 1 to 6
  • 70 marks – 1 hour 30 mins.
  • Structured questions and extended response




Useful Information:

This qualification is linear; students will sit all their exams at the end of their A-level course.

Entry requirements:

Grade 6 in Biology or Grade 6,6 in Combined Science.

Grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade 5 in English

Progression to University or modern apprenticeship:

A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Forensic Science.

Many universities also offer biological science courses such as: Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Botany; Zoology; Parasitology; Marine science; Genetics; Immunology; Virology; Pharmacology; and many more.

Other employment opportunities:

Most Biology-related jobs would require a Biology-related degree; however employers are looking for a science A level as an indication of analytical skills, so some Biology students choose careers in,for example, economic;, business; the Civil Service; management and marketing.


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