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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

A-Level Biology

Course Details

Course Details: Biology is taught mainly as a content-led approach. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the compulsory core practicals. They are both assessed through written papers and, for A-Level only, a teacher assessed Practical Endorsement. The Edexcel Biology specification aims to encourage learners to develop:

  • Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical, and problem-solving skills

Modules Studied

The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Biology:

  • Topic 1 – Biological molecules 
  • Topic 2 – Cells and viruses
  • Topic 3 – Classification                               
  • Topic 4 – Exchange and transport
  • Topic 5 – Energy for biological processes
  • Topic 6 – Microbiology and pathogens
  • Topic 7 – Modern genetics
  • Topic 8 – Origins of genetic information
  • Topic 9 – Control systems                         
  • Topic 10 – Ecosystems

What can I do after I have completed this course?

Biology brings a lot of scientific theory and thinking together and a good A-Level grade in Biology demonstrates that a student can apply themselves in problem solving, practical skills and scientific writing; all of these qualities are highly prized in today’s competitive job market.

Biology is a good subject for the majority of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) careers and you will find biology is well respected and essential/beneficial if you wish to take up: medicine, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, sports science, ecologist, botanist, pharmacist, pathologist, veterinary care, etc.