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Biology *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description


Biology is available at both AS and A2 levels. The Department follows the Edexcel Biology A (Salters Nuffield) specification. Ideally, pupils will have an A grade in Biology or Double Award Science at GCSE and will have shown proficiency in Mathematics and Chemistry. Popular combinations with other subjects include Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Geography but pupils also choose to study Biology alongside a range of Arts subjects, because of its intrinsic relevance.


Advanced level Biology allows students to develop a sound grounding in this exciting and increasingly important area of science. Owing to its impact on the way we live, both as organisms and members of society, such a foundation in Biology is equally valid for those wishing to pursue further studies in the Medical or Biological Sciences and to those considering the Arts or Social Sciences.

The aims we hope to achieve are:

a) develop essential knowledge and understanding of biological concepts and scientific methods;

b) foster the development of skills pertaining to the study of Biology and beyond;

c) cultivate an appreciation of the impact of technologies, including ICT, on modern biological research;

d) promote the effective use of ICT as a tool in the study of Biology;

e) create opportunities for critical evaluation of the impact of Biology on 21st Century society;

f) provide opportunities for pupils to study natural habitats;

g) sustain and develop enjoyment of and interest in Biology.

Course content

We follow an integrated approach to teaching Advanced level Biology, considering biological concepts alongside their relevant contexts. Each of the topics that make up the AS and A2 courses are introduced with a context related to the modern world and the application of Biology. Biological principles are introduced when required to aid understanding of the context, so that the theory always has an obvious relevance. There will no longer be a coursework component to Advanced level Biology, but practical work is integrated within the delivery of each topic, and key skills are assessed by the completion of nine core practicals


The Biology Department has recently been refurbished, and is equipped with five modern laboratories, an ICT suite and a lecture theatre. We have an impressive collection of zoological specimens and live animals, and a newly developed pond and wildlife garden outside. The Stone Library, a dedicated science library, has a superb collection of books and periodicals. Clinics are held in the library each Monday evening by a member of the Biology Department from 7:30 to 9:00 pm for anyone wishing to have some extra help or tuition. 



Paper 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

(Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk, Topic 2: Genes and Health)

Examination, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% weighting

Paper 2: Development, Plants and the Environment

(Topic 3: Voice of the Genome, Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources)

Examination, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% weighting



Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

(AS Topics 1-4, Topic 5:  On the Wild SIde, Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics)

Examination, 2 hours, 33.33% weighting

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

(AS Topics 1-4, Topic 7: Run for your Life, Topic 8: Grey Matter)

Examination, 2 hours, 33.33% weighting

Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology

(AS and A2 Topics 1-8 plus pre-released scientific article)

Examination, 2 hours, 33.33% weighting


Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

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


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    • ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.