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A Level

Why study this course?

• If you have an interest in living organisms

• If you enjoy carrying out investigations both in the laboratory and in the field

• If you are keen to learn about ‘new’ biology topics such as genetic engineering and the impact on society

• If you want to continue to study a science subject at University


Potential careers:

• Health care professions including Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Optometry

• Biomedical science

• Marine Biologist

• Social worker

• Vet and Animal Scientist

• Environmental health officer

• Police force

• Forensic scientist

• Lab assistant



At the end of their two year course A level students will sit three exams.

Papers 1 and 2 are both worth 33% of the final grade and last 2 hours.

Paper 3 covers content from any area of the A-level course and includes assessment of the understanding of practical principles. This paper is worth 33% of the final grade and lasts 2 hours. In addition, students will be separately judged on their practical skills by internal assessment over a series of eighteen practical activities. This will be reported separately on their certificates as “pass” or “fail”.


Course content

You will study the following: The course builds upon GCSE study to develop a deeper understanding of basic processes and how our activities are influencing our health and the wider environment.

Topic 1: Lifestyle, health and risk

Topic 2: Genes and health

Topic 3: The voice of the genome

Topic 4 : Biodiversity and Natural resources

During Year 12 there will be a fieldwork trip to Chester Zoo.

Topic 5: On the Wild Side

Topic 6: Infection Immunity and Forensics

Topic 7: Run for your life

Topic 8: Grey matter


Staff contact:

Mrs H Philliskirk, Mr C Allen or Mrs C Clowes