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Biology A Level at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Course description

This course is suitable for any students with an interest in theatre behind the scenes, it also an ideal complement to students who are studying AS Theatre Studies or Music Technology. Students will need to be hard working and care about the quality of their work and appreciate how it will reflect and impact on others. The ability to work as part of a team is essential, while developing the personal qualities to lead, manage others and problem solve will enable students to access the higher grades.

Biological science is a field currently undergoing a dramatic expansion both in terms of research, and in commercial and popular awareness. It is very much the subject of the future with a large number of vacancies for trained and ambitious graduates in biological-based disciplines.

The subject is, of course, inherently fascinating, from the complexities of chemical processes within cells to the subtle, homeostatic control mechanisms of higher organisms. The A-level course will give ample scope for students with such a keen interest. The 2008 syllabus reflects the change in emphasis in biological- based research and new A-level students will study biotechnology and environmental issues such as sustainability as well as the more traditional aspects of physiology, biochemistry and genetic control. There is unlikely to be any key changes to the content in 2015.

Presentation of topics in lessons is aimed at understanding ideas and processes. Learning facts is ultimately very important, but students are expected to carry out a proportion of this work in their own time by reading and formulating their own notes. Careful guidance is always given by staff and use of the extensive reference material in the library is encouraged. However Biology is not an easy option and students must be aware of the need for further reading if they are to achieve their target grades.

Potential students should also give serious consideration to taking up A-level Chemistry; this facilitates understanding in the biochemical and cell biology modules which are covered early in the course. Chemistry and Biology are prerequisites for some biologically based degrees and all medical courses.


Entry requirements

Grade A or A* in GCSE Biology or a minimum of an AA Grade in GCSE Science Double Award.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Borlase's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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Key information

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