Why Study A Level Biology (UK)?

‘Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.’ Richard Dawkins.

Life is beautiful! From atoms to cells, from genes to proteins, from populations to ecosystems, Biology is the study of the fascinating and intricate systems that make life possible. Studying Biology will enable you to learn about the natural world and all the living things within it. Boost your knowledge in life and living organisms and gain an insight into evolution, gene expression and biological molecules.

A Level Biology blends theoretical and practical understanding with analytical skills. You will develop a deep understanding of the intricacies of the living world and its interaction with other systems, including its impact on us and us on it. Alongside in-depth knowledge of the biological world, the study of Biology also helps you to develop skills in research, problem solving, organisation and communication.

Gaining an A Level in Biology opens up a vast range of opportunities for both university degrees and career options. Biology is a pre-requisite subject for many degrees in Biological Science and Medical related fields of study. Careers directly related to biology include medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, biomedical engineering, microbiology, marine biology, conservation and ecology, environmental management, food science, agricultural engineering and zoology. Biology is also a requirement for some Psychology degrees.

‘I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of Biology and technology. A new era is beginning.’ Steve Jobs.

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A Level Course Information

What do I Need to Know to Enrol?

A Level Biology (UK) is available to UK based students only since it is set only in the UK. It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE/GCSE in the subject. Grade B or 6 at IGCSE/GCSE is required before starting on the A Level. Due to the knowledge of Mathematics and Chemistry required, we also require that you have  Grade B or 6 in Maths and Chemistry at IGCSE or equivalent before embarking on this subject. Wolsey Hall offers the relevant IGCSE courses should you need further prior study. All students undertaking Wolsey Hall A levels must also have IGCSE in English Language at Grade C or 4.

A Level Entry Requirements

The Syllabus and Exam

A Level Biology (UK) will prepare you for the Edexcel Advanced Level syllabus, 8BN0 (for the standalone AS qualification) or 9BN0 (for the full A Level). This is the Salters-Nuffield A syllabus. Exams take place in May and June.

For the standalone AS in Biology, you will take: Paper 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health (code 8BN0/01) worth 50% of your overall AS grade. 80 marks. (1 hour and 30 minutes) Paper 2: Development, Plants and the Environment (code 8BN0/02) worth 50% of your overall AS grade. 80 marks. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

For the full A Level in Biology, you will take the following 3 papers: Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival (code 9BN0/01) worth 33.33% of your overall A Level grade. 100 marks. (2 hours) Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination (code 9BN0/02) worth 33.33% of your overall A Level grade. 100 marks. (2 hours) Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology (code 9BN0/03) is worth 33.33% of your overall A Level grade. 100 marks. (2 hours) Questions in Paper 3 may draw on two or more different topics. The paper will also include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods. There will also be a scientific article released 8 weeks before the exam, which will underpin one section of the paper.

A Level Biology (UK)  contains a separate Practical Endorsement, which is an assessment of your skills and competency when completing a minimum of 12 A Level core practicals. The result (either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’) of the Practical Endorsement will be reported separately on your A Level certificate, alongside your overall grade for theory.

You will need to arrange to take this component of the course at an examination centre which offers this option, and you will need to take the written exam at that same centre. We have created a list of centres that facilitate the Practical Endorsement.

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Course Fee

The fee for Edexcel A Level Biology is £795 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £755.

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