A Level Biology

“Biology unlocks the secrets of the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. Understanding how animals and organisms live and have evolved takes us on a journey of scientific understanding and discovery”.

What will I study?
Biology is a challenging and fascinating subject and it has many applications to everyday life. Whilst Biology is the most approachable Science, it is rigorous and engaging and aims to equip students with a contemporary grasp of key biological principles.

Year 12 Topics 

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells, viruses and reproduction of living things
  • Classification and biodiversity
  • Exchange and transport

Year 13 Topics

  • Energy for biological processes
  • Microbiology and pathogens
  • Modern genetics
  • Origins of genetic variation
  • Control systems
  • Ecosystems

What do I need to study this course?
GCSE Grade 6 or above in Biology and one other science (GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics) or Grade 6:6  or above in GCSE Combined Science)
Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language

How will I be assessed?

Year 13 – students will sit three exam papers. Papers 1 & 2 are both 1 hour 45 minutes long. Each paper provides 30% of the overall mark. Paper 3 is 2 hours 30 minutes long and provides 40% of the overall mark.

An additional Certificate in Practical Skills which is awarded to A Level students who have demonstrated the necessary skills. This is separate to the A Level grade and if awarded is recorded as a ‘Pass’ on the A Level certificate.

Where will A Level Biology lead me?
Students who have studied Biology at Holy Cross Sixth Form have gone on to study and work in a range of medical professions such as Doctor, Nurse, Midwife, Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Nurse and optician as well as  allied medical professions like Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Psychologist.  Other relevant careers which our students have gone into include Teaching, Scientific Civil Service,  Laboratory Work, Forensic Science and Environmental Work.