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Biology A Level

The Vale Academy follow the AQA syllabus & Sir John Nelthorpe the OCR Biology A Syllabus. The A Level is a 2 year course.

Who Will Teach Me?

Teaching/practical time accounts for approximately four hours per week. In addition, it is expected that personal study time will account for a minimum of three hours per week. The course is delivered by an experienced team of teachers who are all graduate biologists.

Sir John Nelthorpe                  

The Vale Academy

Mr R Gouldbourne  & Mr D Hawley

Mr A Davey, Mr Williams, Ms Anderson

What Entry Requirements Do I Need?

Students ideally should have achieved a level 6 or above at GCSE in Dual Award Science or Biology. In addition, students should have achieved a minimum of level 4 and preferably a level 5 in Maths.

How Will I Be Assessed?

At the end of the two year course, students take 3 exams papers:

Sir John Nelthorpe

The Vale Academy

Module 1

Development of practical skills in biology

Module 2

Foundations in biology

Biological Processes

Paper 1

100 marks

2hr 15min

37% of total Tests

Modules 1,2,3,5

Module 1

Biological molecules

Module 2


Paper 1

Any content, from modules 1-4

91 marks

2 hours 35%

of A Level

Module 3

Exchange and


Module 4

Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Biological Diversity

100 marks

2hr 15min

37% of total Tests

Modules 1,2,4,6

Module 3

Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Module 4

Genetic info, variation & relationships between organisms

Paper 2

Any content, from modules 5-8

91 marks

2 hours

35% of A Level

Module 5


homeostasis &


Module 6


evolution &


Unified Biology

Paper 3

70 marks

1hr 30min

26% of total tests Modules 1 to 6

Module 5:  Energy transfers in and between organisms

Module 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

Module 7: Genetics, populations, evolution & ecosystems

Module 8: The control of gene expression

Paper 3

Any content, from modules 1-8 78 marks 2 hours 30% of A Level

Assessment Of Practical Skills

Students will do a minimum of 12 experiments across their A Level course. Questions in exam papers will test students' knowledge and understanding of their practical work. Students will be awarded an A Level grade based on their exams, and a 'pass' or 'fail' for practical work (Practical Endorsement) in lessons. This system of assessment replaces the current assessment system of practical exams (ISAs). Students will be required to maintain a Laboratory Log Book for examination by the exam board upon request or visitation by their inspector.

What Kind Of Person Studies This Course?

There are many reasons for taking Biology, including:

You wish to follow a career in a Biology related area such as Medicine, Ecology or Forensic Science.

You feel that a further qualification in Biology would assist you in other related areas of study such as Chemistry, Geography or PE.

You enjoy the subject, even if you do not wish to pursue a Science related career.

Where Will An A Level In Biology Lead Me?

This qualification is an ideal foundation for a Biology/Science related career, for example in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Ecology and Forensic Science. In combination with other A Level qualifications it will provide a suitable entry qualification for a degree course in a biological field or related scientific disciplines.

Where Can I Get More Information Or Advice?

For further information you can contact:

Mr Hawley/ Mr R Gouldbourne Sir John Nelthorpe School 01652 656551

Or Mr Davey/Mr Williams The Vale Academy 01652 294511.

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