A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss 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.

In year one 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.


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses such as Chemistry or Physics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general courses.

University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.