Course Outline

This is a two year A Level course consisting of 8 units.

Core content

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)

8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)


Examination (100%) – At the end of year 1 there will be two 90 minute papers (Paper 1 and 2 worth 50% each both covering topics 1-4. At the end of year 2 there will be three 2 hour papers. Paper 1 based upon units 1-4, paper 2 based upon units 5-8 and then paper 3 based upon units 1-8. Each paper will include assessment of the practical skills.  

Examining Board


Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for Science are wide and varied including psychology, sports science, medicine, music technology, animal health, finance, teaching, marketing, patent law, photography, art restoration, media and film production, food technology.

Teaching Methods

Each fortnight you will be timetabled for 8 hours in year 1 and 10 hours in year 2 periods of 60 minutes each. These will include a combination of practical and theory work. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (