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Biology A2 at Queensbury School

Course description

This is a 1 year course in which biology is studied to a high level. The specification builds on the skills and concepts that will have been devleoped in the AS and GCSE science specification. The specification emphasizes the way in which scientists make contributions using biology to modern society.

Course content

The A2 course consists of 3 units, one of which is the coursework element. The 3 units follow on from the AS uits 1, 2 and 3.

Unit 4 - Populations and Environment

This unit looks at how populations of different organisms can be measured and the factors that affect population size. The concept of energy flow through photosyntheses, respiration and nutrient cycles is developed. The unit also looks at genetic factors which affect the way organisms are able to survive in a changing environment.

Unit 5 - Control in Cells and in Organisms

This unit looks at nervous and hormonal control in different organisms. The processes of nerve transmission and muscle contraction are studied in detail; along with homeostatic mechanisms to control temperature, blood glucose levels and oestrous. The way DNA controls processes is also studied in detail, including the way DNA can be manipulated for the benefit of different species. This includes work on the social, moral and ethical issues associated with genetic engineering.

Unit 6 - Investigative and practical skills

This is the coursework element of the course and consists of an assessed peice of work vased on a practical investigation. Students will be required to carry out an individual investigation, collect and analyse the data and evaluate the process. This is usually based around ecological fieldwork following a residential fieldcourse. This has been held in the Lake District in recent years.


Entry requirements

Students must have successfully completed the AS course in biology, with a minimum grade E.


A2 Examinations will take place in June of Year 13.


Future opportunities

Biology is a very good qualification as a stepping stone into any science based degree course and career pathway including physiotherapy and sports.

Further information

Contact Mr Hunter (Head of Biology) for further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years