Biology AS/A2 Level at Colchester Royal Grammar School
General aims of the department
- To ensure are best placed to tackle their formal exams in Years 11,12 and 13
- To foster an interest in, and awareness of, the natural world around them
- To be available to support students through their courses – students are encouraged to contact staff via email if they are not readily available
- To return work to students within one week (at the latest) to ensure meaningful feedback
- Offer the Biology Olympiad to interested students in Year 13
In July after the AS exams there is usually a trip to the Preston Montford Field Studies Council (FSC) centre in Shropshire. The trip introduces students to the A2 ecology work completed in the Autumn Term of Year 13.
Units 1 and 2 are covered by April of the academic year. Topics will include:
- Heart and CHD
- Lungs and lung disease
- Cell biology
- Enzymes and biochemistry
- DNA and diversity
- Transport in animals and plants
- Cell Cycles
- Species Diversity
Units 4 and 5 are covered, again leaving plenty of time for revision in April and May. Topics will include:
- Nutrient cycling
- Studying ecosystems
- Evolution by natural selection
- DNA and protein synthesis
- Gene therapy and genetic engineering
- Skeletal muscle
- Nervous system
During both Year 12 and 13 a practical skills unit is undertaken – two pieces of work are completed and the better piece is counted as part of the A level mark.
Exam for each unit.
It is a popular subject for potential medics, vets or dentists; although some students do it in order to secure one science A level. It tests a range of skills: numerical, organisational, practical and written so is a worthwhile subject and qualification in its own right.
We do recommend A level Chemistry is taken with Biology – no top 20 University will accept a student to read biological science without both of these sciences at A level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Royal Grammar School directly.