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Biology AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description

Biology is a very popular subject to study at AS and A2. Through the course we aim to develop interest and enthusiasm for the subject, careers in Biology and further study. Students will gain an appreciation for how society makes decisions on scientific issues and the importance of science in economies. An increasingly important aspect of the course is for students to develop skills and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of How Science Works . The course studies different areas of biology, as shown below in the units studied. By A2, students will develop an understanding of how the different areas relate to each other.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and Transport (Assessed in January Exam)

Module 1: Cells

Module 2: Exchange and Transport

Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health (Assessed in June Exam)

Module 1: Biological Molecules

Module 2: Food and Health

Module 3: Biodiversity and Evolution

Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology 1 (Assessed by teacher under controlled conditions)

Practical tasks

A2 Units (Including AS units)

Unit 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (Assessed in January Exam)

Module 1: Communication and Homeostasis

Module 2: Excretion

Module 3: Photosynthesis

Module 4: Respiration

Unit 5: Control, Genomes and Environment (Assessed in June Exam)

Module 1: Cellular control and Variation

Module 2: Biotechnology and Gene Technologies

Module 3: Ecosystems and sustainability

Module 4: Responding to the environment

Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology 2 (Assessed by teacher under controlled conditions)

Practical tasks

Entry requirements

Minimum of B grade in Maths and BB in Science


Examinations and controlled conditions assessment

Further information

Each year we organise a field trip to Bangor, Wales for AS students. We stay in the Bangor University halls of residence, which gives the students a taste of a small part of university life. The primary purpose of the field trip is to develop the practical skills and knowledge to help with the understanding of ecosystems and adaptations of organisms (Module 3, Unit 5 of the A2 course).

If you would like to know more about this course please contact

Mrs Outhwaite

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guilsborough School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years