A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs M Conlin / Mr D Shepherd

Entry Requirements

5-5 in Science or a 5 in Biology plus 4 Maths and 5 English.

Course Content

This course is designed to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for biology, including practical skills, an understanding of concepts and principles, and the knowledge and skills for the study of biology in Higher Education. At AS level students study these topics: basic cell structure, biological molecules and cell division, diversity and organisation, how organisms exchange substances with their environments, biodiversity and variation and the relationships between organisms.

To gain the full A-Level course students continue into a second year and cover: how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, the control of gene expression, patterns of inheritance and how the genome can be manipulated, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

At the end of the course students will sit three written examinations covering topics from both years of the course. Students will also have a practical endorsement which will be reported separately.

Future Opportunities

You could take this course with other complimentary courses, such as Chemistry or more general subjects, to prepare for Higher Education. With further training, you could become a Doctor, Nurse, Science Technician or Marine Biologist.

University Success

In 2018, 93% of students went to their first or second choice university.

A Level Pass Rate

In 2018, Homewood's Year 13 students achieved 100% pass rate in over 42 A-level and Level 3 courses.