Course Information


Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have both GCSE Science (double or triple) at grade B or above and GCSE English Language, English Literature and Maths at grade B (grade 6) or above.

Description of the subject

The Biology A level (Edexcel) course is well structured and consists of 8 Topics to be taken over 2 years. Students complete all 4 Assessments for an A level award. Students are assessed by 3 exams and core practical-base write-up. Practical work is an important part throughout all the Topics.

    • No re-sits are possible
    • Practicals will be assessed throughout the year
    • Study guides and text books will be provided.

What you will do

The course consists of 8 Topics to be taken over 2 years:

    • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
    • Topic 2: Genes and Health
    • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
    • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
    • Topic 5: On the Wild Side
    • Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics
    • Topic 7: Run for your Life
    • Topic 8: Grey Matter

There will be 3 exam papers and a Practical Endorsement:

    • Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival (Topics 1 – 6)
    • Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination (Topics 1 – 4, 7 and 8)
    • Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology (Topics 1 – 8 and review of scientific article released 8 weeks before examination)
    • Practical Assessments: Write-up of at least 12 experiments over the course of 2 years

Future prospects

Previous students have embarked upon a wide range of careers including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Environmental Science, Physiology, as well as careers in more broadly related areas such as the food industry.