The course is taught over two years. The exams at the end of the second year make up 100% of the A-Level grade and can cover any topic of the full two years. There is no coursework now, but there is a separate qualification for the practical endorsement. Developing practical skills is an integral part of the course and they are used to make sure students are confident with the techniques and understanding of the Biology. The course is broken up into 8 teaching units across 2 years. The units studied are:
Paper 1 – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level
Paper 2 – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level
Paper 1 – 2hours – 35% of total A-Level
Paper 2 – 2hours – 35% of total A-Level
Paper 3 – 2 hours – 30% of total A-Level
Practical Endorsement in Biology. Non-examined, assessed throughout the A-Level based on experiments.
Biology A-level is adaptable and can suit a variety of subjects. When looking at higher education Biology offers a huge variety of options from medicine to zoology and can be a good route into many careers. Below are some of the destinations of our previous students.
- Biological and Forensic Science
- Veterinary Science, Royal School of Veterinary Science
- Biochemistry and Genome Science, Portsmouth University
- Medicine, University of Leicester