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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • GCE A Level Biology

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Biology is the study of life from the molecular level, through cells, tissues and organisms to populations and ecosystems. A successful Biologist will be interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of how living organisms function, survive, adapt and interact.

    Through the A Level Biology course you will begin to appreciate the amazing variety, delicacy and complexity of life on Earth. Additionally, you will develop skills which are applicable in future courses or careers, such as time management, research, analytical and critical thinking and statistical analysis. Your existing skill set should include organisational skills coupled with a high degree of commitment.

     

    ASSESSMENT

    The A-level Biology course will be assessed through three terminal exams at the end of year 13:

    Paper 1 - Biological Processes

    Written Exam (2 hours 15 minutes)

    A combination of multiple choice/short and long answer questions.

    Paper 2 - Biological Diversity

    Written Exam (2 hours 15 minutes)

    A combination of multiple choice/short and long answer questions.

    Paper 3 - Unified Biological

    Written Exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

    Short and long answer questions including focus on practical skills.

    WHERE CAN IT LEAD?

    Studying Biology at A Level will prepare you for a huge range of careers and further education options, including: Conservation, Environmental Science, Forensics, Genetics, Laboratory Research, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Sports Science, and Veterinary Science.