Biology A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KECG10
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Course Description

Studying biology will enable you to find out why your siblings look like you do, find out how medicines work, what DNA is, whether clones really exist, and who Darwin was, for example. We hope that the course will promote curiosity, develop your understand of complex biological ideas and inspire the new generation of biologists.

Further Information about our courses including results

The biology department at KES achieve very good results – over the last five years our mean percentage of A*-B grades is 58%, and are regularly in the top 25% of schools for student progress.

• Scarborough field trip – Our annual, very successful Ecology field course that provides students with valuable life experience, as well as practical skills required for their practical endorsement qualification. 

• We run the Biology Olympiad (and Intermediate Biology Olympiad) every year for students who would like to enter and compete nationally. This looks great on UCAS applications.

• Biology support is available every day. Please email your biology teacher or Mrs Birds to arrange a suitable time for 1-to-1 support.


Course Content and Teaching Units

Modules 1-4 will be taught in Y12.

Modules 5-6 are taught in Y13, however all modules are revisited as exams are linear.

• Module 1- Development of practical skills in biology

• Module 2 – Foundations in biology

• Module 3- Exchange and transport

• Module 4- Biodiversity, evolution and disease

• Module 5- Communication, homeostasis and energy

• Module 6- Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Financial Information

Approximately £100 will be required in the summer term of Y12 to cover the cost of the biology field course to Scarborough, however in the event of genuine financial hardship other arrangements can be made.

Revision guides are provided, however we ask for a £5 deposit per book which is refunded when returned.

Revision workbooks will also be provided free of charge to support learning during the additional independent study sessions.

How will it be delivered?


At the end of Y12 you will sit the following mock examinations:

Paper Structure What is it worth?

Breadth in biology Covers content in modules 1-4

Multiple choice and short answer questions 50% of mock

Depth in biology Covers content in modules 1-4

Extended response questions 50% of mock

At the end of Y13 you will sit the following external examinations: 

Paper Structure What is it worth?

Paper 1- Biological principles This paper will assess content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 37% of your overall A level qualification

Paper 2- Biological diversity

 This paper will assess content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 37% of your overall A level qualification

Paper 3- Unified biology

This paper will assess content from all modules (1-6) 26% of your overall A level qualification

Practical skills will be assessed throughout both years. Evidence for this will be recorded in a work book. 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Triple Biology and a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

Combined science students require a grade 7-7 to be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Your next steps...

A Level Biology is clearly a specialised science qualification, thus providing an excellent foundation for further study of Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biotechnology, Physiotherapy, Microbiology, Sport Science and all aspects of Biology.