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Entry Criteria

  • Average Point Score: 5.5
  • Mathematics GCSE Grade 5
  • English Language GCSE Grade 4
  • Grade 5/5 in GCSE Combined Science or a Grade 5 in GCSE Biology
  • To have a better chance of succeeding, 6/6 in Combined Science or a 6 in Biology is recommended

Examination Board

  • Eduqas


Teaching Staff

  • Dr Walsh
  • Dr Pannell
  • Dr O’Brien
  • Mr Dunkley

Biology is a highly enjoyable but academically intensive subject which is delivered by very enthusiastic and approachable staff. The department offers Eduqas A Level in a stimulating and supportive environment to ensure that students achieve their full potential.

A Level Biology is hard. Initially it is a big step-up from GCSE, but the subject is extremely interesting and stimulating. There is no coursework on this course, however performance during practical tasks is assessed and 15% of marks in the final exams for A Level Biology are based on content studied in practical work.

Although classroom based, studying Biology at A Level involves a great deal of independent research and reading. This encourages a broader knowledge and understanding of the subject. In Year 13, a field trip to Malham Tarn allows the ecology topics to be delivered with practical context, a valuable addition to the course.

Biology combines well with any subject but particularly with Chemistry, Geography and Maths.

Biology is essential for degrees in Biology, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences. Biology is a good A Level to study and helps university entrance in related subjects such as Optometry, Pharmacology, Zoology, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, as well as degrees in Accountancy, Law and Journalism; the list is endless!

Malham Field Trip

Year 13 Biologists pond sampling on the hydrosere at Malham Tarn.