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To extend the work done in Biology at GCSE and to give you an appreciation of the wide variety of applications of Biology in the modern world.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

The Biology course is extremely varied and provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of courses at University.

At AS level, topics covered include Cells, Biochemistry, Enzymes, DNA and protein synthesis, Immunology, variation and genetic diversity, heart and lungs, plant transport.

At A2 topics covered include Respiration and Photosynthesis, Energy and Ecosystems, Nervous coordination and Muscles, Homeostasis, Populations, Gene Technology, Fieldwork and Ecosystems.

How will I be assessed?

Currently, the AQA specification is studied for A Level. There will be three 2 hour papers at the end of Year 13, covering all the content studied in both Year 12 and Year 13. Compulsory practical tasks will be integrated into the course and the content of these tasks will be examined in the written paper. At AS, there will be two 1 ½ hour papers at the end of Year 12 covering all of the topics studied in Year 12.

Desirable requirements

A minimum of Grade B in each of Science and Additional Science at GCSE or Grade B in Biology, plus a Grade B in Mathematics is required to access A Level material in Biology. In order to achieve a good a very good grade at AS/A2, however, it is likely that a candidate must have an A or A* grade at GCSE. We are looking particularly for students who have a genuine interest in the subject.

How will I study?

The course will be divided between theory and practical work.  In practical classes you will often be working on your own, although some investigations may be done in small groups.  Homework will often be related to work done in class but you should also be prepared to do background reading on your own.

During the Summer term of the Lower Sixth year, there will be a 3 day residential field trip to Blencathra in the Lake District.

Where will it lead?

Career areas using Biology include the Medical field, Food Science, Biotechnology, Sports Science, Biological Research, Teaching and many aspects of environmental work.


“I chose to study Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Economics at AS Level as I have always been passionate about pursuing a career in Medicine. I am fascinated by the intricate workings of the human body and so I am particularly enjoying Biology this year.  I am beginning to appreciate how Chemistry and Biology integrate to enable numerous bodily functions, transmitting information within the different areas of the brain – a beautiful organ outclassing any modern computer. This summer, I look forward to researching the impact of disease in the simplest life form: amoebas, as part of the prestigious Nuffield Science Foundation.”