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In the first year, students will study four modules: biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment; genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Within each of these modules, there are six required practical classes plus additional practical sessions to enhance your understanding of the topics covered.
A further four modules will be studied in the second year: energy transfers in and between organisms; organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment; genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.


The A Level will be assessed at the end of the two-year course.
Students will sit three written exam papers which last two hours.
Students also receive a practical endorsement (graded simply as pass or fail), which appears on the exam board certificate. This is assessed by your teachers, during the compulsory practical classes.


5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 6 or above in Maths, 5 or above in English and a 6 in Biology or additional Science.

WHY STUDY biology?

Biology is a fast moving and dynamic science. In addition to traditional classroom based activities, Biology involves supported independent learning and practical hands-on experience. As one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, Biology attracts students studying a diverse range of other courses. Many of our students choose a related degree course such as medicine, neuro-science or physiotherapy. An A Level in Biology evidences sound numeracy and literacy, so previous students have also been accepted onto courses as diverse as criminology, accountancy and civil engineering. Whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course, which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Financial Information

Students are actively involved in their learning through a variety of activities including research tasks and experimentation in the field. Students will be required to attend buddy sessions and mentoring sessions, as well as purchase the appropriate revision guide.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

Future Opportunities

A2 Level Biology is an excellent foundation for a wide range of courses in higher education, and a suitable qualification for many careers and professions, including: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, agriculture, nursing, teaching, physiotherapy, genetic research – you can include other courses/professions such as: sports science, accountancy, environmental science and radiography.

Further Information

Biology is a fast moving and dynamic science. All of the teaching at Ossett Academy is in modern well-equipped laboratories enabling much of the practical work to be carried out on an individual or small group basis. In addition to the formal teaching and practical sessions there are opportunities for students to arrange individual tuition sessions with one of the full time teachers. The course is modern and up to date and students are provided with resources written for the course. There is plenty of practical work and this is integrated with the theoretical work. Homework is set on a regular basis and students are expected to demonstrate a committed and hardworking ethic.