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Level 3: A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirement

Either GCSE Combined Science Level 6 OR GCSE Biology Level 6

In Year 12:

Unit 1 (8BI0/01): Core and Cellular Biology and Microbiology

Unit 2 (8BI0/02): Core Physiology and Ecology

Practical Skills in Biology 1


In Year 13:

Unit 1 (9BI0/01): Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics

Unit 2 (9BI0/02): Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology

Unit 3 (9BI0/03): General and Practical Principles in Biology

The teaching of the course is enhanced by a one-day field trip in Year 13 which will enable students to use specialist equipment to further their understanding of field work techniques. This is an integral part of the course and students are expected to attend. The course includes practical skills and a minimum of 10% of the examinations will access higher level mathematics.  

Assessment at A Level

Unit 1 (9BI0/01): Written Exam (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Unit 2 (9BI0/02): Written Exam (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Unit 3 (9BI0/03): Written Exam (2 hours and 30 minutes) 

The Future

A level Biology provides good preparation for university courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other medically-related degrees. It also proves a useful foundation for a wide variety of higher education courses such as physiotherapy, psychology, pharmacy, forensic science, ecology and sports science. It complements other A level courses such as Chemistry, PE and Mathematics.

Further information
Mr J Ward, Science Curriculum Leader