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A Level Biology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code H420
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology (Year 12 and 13)

Practical skills are embedded throughout all the content of this specification. Learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations.

Module 2: Foundations in Biology (Year 12) 

This module gives learners the opportunity to use microscopy to study the cell structure of a variety of organisms. Biologically important molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, water and nucleic acids are studied with respect to their structure and function. The structure and mode of action of enzymes in catalysing biochemical reactions is studied.

Module 3: Exchange and Transport (Year 12)                  

In this module, learners study the structure and function of gas exchange and transport systems in a range of animals and in terrestrial plants.

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease (Year 12) 

In this module the learners study the biodiversity of organisms. It serves as an introduction to ecology, emphasising practical techniques and an appreciation of the need to maintain biodiversity. The learners also gain an understanding of the variety of organisms that are pathogenic and the way in which plants and animals have evolved defences to deal with disease. The impact of the evolution of pathogens on the treatment of disease is also considered.

Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (Year 13) 

It is important that organisms, both plants and animals are able to respond to stimuli. This is achieved by communication within the body, which may be chemical and/or electrical. Both systems are covered in detail in this module. Communication is also fundamental to homeostasis with control of temperature, blood sugar and blood water potential being studied as examples. In this module, the biochemical pathways of photosynthesis and respiration are considered.

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems (Year 13)                      

This module covers the role of genes in regulating and controlling cell function and development. Heredity and the mechanisms of evolution and speciation are also covered. Some of the practical techniques used to manipulate DNA such as sequencing and amplification are considered and their therapeutic medical use. The use of microorganisms in biotechnology is also covered. Both of these have associated ethical considerations learners develop a balanced understanding of such issues. Learners gain an appreciation of the role of microorganisms in recycling materials within the environment and maintaining balance within ecosystems. The need to conserve environmental resources in a sustainable fashion is considered, whilst appreciating the potential conflict arising from the needs of an increasing human population. Learners also consider the impacts of human activities on the natural environment and biodiversity.


Lessons will be a mix of practical work (at least 12 ’PAG’ tasks have to be completed over the duration of the course) and standard theoretical teaching. There are opportunities for research and group work also.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: 2hr 15 mins written paper (Biological Processes - assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 & 5)

Paper 2: 2hr 15 mins written paper (Biological Diversity - assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 & 6)

Paper 3: 1hr 30 mins (Unified Biology - assesses content from modules 1-6)

Practical Endorsement for Biology

Entry requirements

Grade 6-6 in Combined Science or Grade 6 in separate science Biology and a minimum Grade 5 in GCSE Maths is also necessary

Your next steps...

Progression onto University degree in Biological related subjects and careers including:

Biotechnologist, Higher education lecturer, Marine biologist, Microbiologist, Nanotechnologist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist (life sciences), Scientific laboratory technician, Secondary school teacher, Soil scientist, Teaching laboratory technician, Animal physiotherapist Dental hygienist, Dentist, General practice doctor, Health promotion specialist, Healthcare scientist, cardiac sciences Physician associate, Science writer, Sustainability consultant, Veterinary nurse, Zoologist, Pathology, Forensics


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