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Biology at Chatham Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Biology is exciting, relevant and challenging. You will be required to think deeply and clearly about biology and provide solutions and answers that are coherent. It is important that you enjoy life sciences as it does require dedicated study if you choose this course. A large proportion of the work is biochemistry as we endeavour to understand how cells work. From there we develop our understanding of how organisms function as a whole and in their environments.

Course content

Unit 1 considers Biological Molecules, especially carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Unit 2 progresses to how these molecules make up cells and how cells function. Unit 3 develops the idea further to look at exchange mechanisms between cells and their environments. In Unit 4, we investigate how cells pass on their genes and the resultant variation we see between organisms. Unit 5 deals with energy transfer both within and between organisms and links to Unit 6 which is response to environments. In Unit 7 we consider genetics and evolution. Unit 8 completes the picture with control of gene expression. All 8 Units complement each other and lead to a holistic understanding of cells and how they function.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C GCSE grades

At least grade B in GCSE biology or additional science

Assessment

Students will sit 3 papers

Paper 1 (2 hours) a written exam which makes 35% of the A level

Paper 2 (2 hours) a written exam that makes 35% of the A level

Paper 3 (2 hours) a written exam that makes 30% of the A level

Future opportunities

University degrees in biology, genetics, biotechnologies, ecology, biochemistry and medicine. With these careers you can add the food industry as well as journalism and many others because of the transferrable skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year at AS, 1 year at A2

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