Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
AQA Trilogy Science grades should be: 7/6 (min)

Separate Science grades should be 666 (min)

Miss J Edwards

To develop the AS topics still further and to study up to date Human, Plant and Bacterial Biology. To ensure all candidates are confident in their practical, statistical and analytical abilities.

Year 12 Topics

Biological Molecules, Nucleic Acids, Cell Structure, Transport Across Cell Membranes, Cell Recognition and Immune System, Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment, Mass Transport, DNA, Genes and Protein Synthesis, Genetic Diversity and Biodiversity.

Practicals 1 – 6

Year 13 Topics

Photosynthesis, Respiration, Energy and Ecosystems, Response to Stimuli, Nervous Coordination and Muscles, Homeostasis, Inherited Change, Populations and Evolution, Populations in Ecosystems, Gene Expression and Recombinant DNA Technology

Practicals 7 - 12


Field Trip

A field trip is an important and integral part of this course where students visit the Gower Peninsular in Wales.



Paper 1: Assessing content from year 12(35%)

Paper 2: Assessing content from year 13 (35%)

Paper 3: Assessing content from years 12 and 13 with a choice of two essay questions (30%)

Practical assessment is done within Papers 1 – 3 where students are expected understand experimental procedures.


 Practical Endorsement

Practical activities are embedded within learning.  Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical competences as well as enhancing understanding biological theory.  Performance is reported separately to the A level grade as a pass/fail.


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Past students have entered careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary work, nursing and physiotherapy. We have also seen our biologists go onto careers in business, finance, teaching, law, sports management and many others, using the skills of team work and individual study that we have helped them develop.