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Biology

Years 7-9 and Years 10–11 are outlined under “Science”.

Advanced Level

Aims

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 7 in Biology at GCSE or Grade 7/7 in Combined Science, plus a Grade 7 in Mathematics is required to access A Level material in Biology. In order to achieve a very good grade at AS/A2, however, it is likely that a candidate must have an 8 or 9 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 am currently studying Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geography at AS Level as I am hoping to pursue a career in medicine.  A Level Biology is a fantastic, interesting, all-round subject and helps you build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills. In the practical work you will also find yourself working on group projects which will help build your teamwork and communication skills, too. Biology will support your study of other sciences and Mathematics, as well as subjects such as Psychology and Geography. If you study alongside a language or essay-based subject you may have even more career choices available. The teachers are approachable and friendly and make the learning of the subject really interesting.”
Amie

 

Girls Division Biology student Girls Division Biology field visit

Sixth Form students hard at work on a Biology field trip