Science A-Level For 16-19 Year Olds

A Level Biology

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The study of living organisms and their interactions with each other and their environment, at the whole organism and cellular level.



Grade 5 in GCSE Maths plus grade 6 and 5 from GCSE combined science (higher tier), or grade 6 in GCSE Biology.

Why study A Level biology at Blackpool Sixth?

Excellent teaching from caring and approachable staff. A structured course with quality resources, including a website, and regular assessment so students can track their progress. Enrichment opportunities including Medical Society, Science Club, Operating Theatre Live, British Biology Olympiad and links with Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Our students are motivated and go on to study a wide range of Biology related university courses.

How will I be taught?

  • A very structured course, with resources consistent across all teaching staff
  • Student notes provided for each topic to consolidate the key theory
  • Theory lessons including individual and group work, quizzes of content and lots of exam question application from question packs
  • Practical activities to prepare for the required practicals and exam questions on practical techniques
  • Regular homework and graded assessments so students can track their progress and reflect on areas for improvement
  • Online support including our Biology website with all resources and revision links, Google Drive resources and Google Classroom
  • Advice on structured revision techniques supported by research
  • Extra support sessions where required.

Teacher expertise

A team of teachers with 10-25 years experience. Between us we have degrees in a wide range of specialisms, including applied and environmental biology, marine biology, microbiology and psychology and also industry research and development experience at Syngenta. Some teachers are also examiners.

What skills will I develop?

  • Practical skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar contexts
  • Scientific essay writing Research and referencing
  • Analysing data Drawing conclusions from evidence
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How will I be assessed?


  • 100% exam with 3 papers (2 hours each) at the end of year 2. There are 12 required practicals assessed throughout the course which are graded pass/fail.

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What will you study and other information about A Level Biology

Where does it lead?

A Level Biology can lead to careers that are very Biology focused, but it can also help to support progression to a wide range of other areas. In recent years our students have gone on to study the following university courses: animal science, biochemistry, biological sciences, biomedical science, chemistry, criminology, dental surgery, environmental science, forensic science, geography, health and social care, human biology, medicine, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, ocean science, oncology, palaeontology and geology, paramedic science, physiology and pharmacology, primary education, psychology, sport and exercise science, veterinary medicine, zoology.

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