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Biology AS/A2 Level at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Students will study the following topics during the course which aims to stimulate students' interest in and enjoyment of the study of the biological sciences. It forms a good basis for further study and employment.

Molecules and cells - gaseous exchange in plants and animals - transport in mammals and multi cellular plants - genetic code and applied genetics - adaptations for nutrition - biodiversity

Energy & ecosystems – respiration – photosynthesis – microbiology - genetic code - mendelian genetics – evolution – reproduction – homeostasis – the nervous system.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take Biology at A level should have achieved a minimum grade B in Biology (Triple Science) or grade B in Science and Additional Science.

A plain white laboratory coat (made from heavy duty cotton or cotton/polyester mix) for practical work.

A large part of the Ecology component will be taught on a residential field course. Attendance on this is therefore compulsory.


This will consist of a minimum of 12 practical activities to be carried out by each student within lesson time. It does not contribute to the final grade.

The examination will consists of three two hour exams each forming 33⅓% of total mark. Each paper is made up of a range of short and longer structured questions with a choice of one from two essays.

Future opportunities

Future opportunities include work in the following areas: Agriculture, biochemistry, biomedical science, biotechnology, environmental sciences, general laboratory work, genetics, medicine, microbiology, nursing, physiotherapy, teaching, veterinary science.

Current trends in biological engineering and cell biology mean that these areas are expanding particularly rapidly with many varied career opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years