LEVEL 3 Exmouth Community College Course Guide 2018
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A Level  

Board AQA

Do you want the challenge of deepening your understanding of life on every scale - from rainforests to a single antibiotic resistant bacterium, from organ systems to DNA and biochemistry?

The study of Biology is highly relevant, diverse and dynamic; it will allow you to discover just how awe inspiring the natural world truly is.

This highly respected qualification is divided into 8 diverse sections including 12 compulsory areas of practical work over the 2 years  and will provide you with a wide range of skills at an advanced level including – literacy, numeracy and the ability to make connections between natural, social, economic and ethical fields.

Where it leads/ what students say

You will also have taken the first steps towards careers that work to solve the biggest challenges currently faced by society today – fighting disease, managing and protecting the environment and feeding our ever growing population.

“ In A level Biology we learn about what makes up living organisms as well as proteins and how complex we are. We find out how such tiny things such as the change in a bit of DNA can have huge effects and lead to illness – and how to cure those illnesses.”

“ I choose to study Biology as I am fascinated by how living organisms work. Although there is a tonne of work, and some ideas that are utterly befuddling, it is absolutely worth it to be able to understand how exactly DNA is made, or how us as humans came into existence.”

What qualifications do I need?  

Specific grade requirements (standard requirement  is 5 C / 4 grades) 

You will need a minimum of Grade 6 in your GCSE Science papers.

You also need a minimum of Grade 5 in your Maths and English GCSEs.


Miss Dickson  Head of Biology

“Biology is complex, messy and richly various, like real life...”

 Sir P.B. Medawar