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Biology A Level at Raynes Park High School

Course description

Biology is the study of life.  At RPHS Sixth Form, students study the many concepts contained within this definition, including anatomy, physiology, botany, microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology.  We aim to enable students to develop an empathy with the environment we live in and to recognise the value of Biology in society. The course enables students to develop skills in experimental techniques including design, observation, data handling and evaluating skills. The practical element of the course involves a range of different biological techniques such as microscopy, biochemical testing, chromatography and other laboratory skills.  Practical elements are incorporated into the course at all available opportunities. At A2 Level, students also study genetics, ecology, neuroscience and plant biology.  Throughout the course students are encouraged to ‘learn through doing’ rather than just listening to teacher explanations and considerable use is made of ICT.

Course content

AS Level

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A  Level

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8 The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Acceptance onto the course requires a minimum of two Grade B’s at GCSE in Core and Additional Science at higher tier. Students need a secure understanding of Chemistry and Biology to succeed on these courses.  It is also crucial that students can demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and how biology relates to current social developments. Finally, a good grasp of mathematical concepts is required, alongside good literacy and so students will also need a Grade B in Maths and English GCSE.


On-going teacher assessment for each topic, through assessment for learning tasks

Through three external exams:

 Paper 1: Topics 1-4,       2 hours, 35% of exam.

 Paper 2: Topics 5-8,      2 hours, 35% of exam.

 Paper 3: Topics 1-8,      2 hours, 30% of exam

Future opportunities

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary science, Nursing, Journalism, Physiotherapy, Law, Biotechnology, Journalism, Politics, Agriculture, Dietetics, Conservation, Economics, Forensic science, Animal behaviourist and Psychologist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raynes Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 April 2017
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