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Biology A-Level at The Queen's School

Course description

Which came first, the enzyme or DNA? How do crickets find a mate in the dark? How do the cells in your body make 10,000 different types of protein? Are GM plants a good idea? If you want to know the answers to these questions and have more of your own then biology could be your subject...

A Level biology contains a fantastic mix of discussion, debate, individual work and practical activities. The pace is fast with several short topics so your knowledge and confidence will grow quickly. Most practical work is carried out individually so you’ll have the opportunity to make choices about how to carry out investigations, and learn from your mistakes.

Course content

The AQA Biology AS Level begins with the ‘Biology and Disease’ component which includes biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and immunology. The ‘Variety of Living Organisms’ unit, which follows, includes cell division, variation, classification and biodiversity, gas exchange and transport.

For the A2 level you will study ‘Populations and Environment’ which includes photosynthesis and respiration, ecology, inheritance and selection, and ‘Control in Cells and Organisms’ which includes units on the nervous system, homeostasis, gene expression and DNA technology. There are practical assessments in both years.

Entry requirements

At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress

Future opportunities

Biology is an essential subject in any form of biomedical science, including medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and veterinary science. It’s also a superb foundation for a future in research or teaching. The course is demanding so you will need an A in biology or both core and additional science to be accepted.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015

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