Exam Board – Edexcel

Qualification – A Level 9BNO

Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including GCSE grade 5 in English, grade 6 in maths and either two grade 6s in combined science or grade 6 in biology

Course specification

In biology you will study the causes of strokes and heart attacks by studying two case studies of the disease. This will then be linked to the circulatory system and how it functions.

“I loved biology at GCSE and couldn’t wait to learn more at A Level.”

– Student

You will also learn about the disease cystic fibrosis and how a genetic mutation can cause the disease. This will then be used to show how genes are inherited.

The full list of topics is:

  • lifestyle, transport, genes and health
  • development, plants and climate change
  • environment and survival
  • energy, exercise and coordination

Students will be taught using a range of techniques that will aim to develop them so they are capable of learning effectively on their own as well as in the classroom. There are a number of core experiments that need to be completed by students to aid their understanding and develop their practical skills.

There is no coursework for biology A Level, but students will be asked questions about the core experiments they have studied in the course. The course is assessed with three 2-hour exams. One exam includes a scientific article that is studied prior to the examination.

What doors will this open up for me?

Biology is a subject that leads on to many different careers including medicine, veterinary science, genetics, biotechnology, nursing, marine biology, microbiology, pathology, forensic science, law and teaching.

Learning journey

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