Biology AS/A2 at Magdalen College School
To sustain and develop a student's enjoyment, interest and understanding of Biology in its widest
To provide possibility of qualifications at AS and at A2 level with modular examinations taken in
January and the summer of each year.Summary of Units:
Year 1 (AS)
Unit 1 Core Principles
Biological molecules. C ells and cell transport. Organisms and
exchange of materials. Enzymes. Digestion.
Unit 2 Genes and Genetic Engineering
The Genetic Code. The cell cycle. Sexual reproduction. Gene technology.
Unit 3 Physiology and Transport
Transport systems. The control of breathing and heartbeat.
Energy and exercise. Transport of substances in plants
Unit 3b Coursework
Year 2 (A2)
Unit 4 Energy, Control and Continuity
Respiration. Photosynthesis. Nervous coordination. Inheritance
Selection and evolution
Unit 5 Environment
Ecological techniques, Food Production and the Environment.
Unit 5b Coursework - covered during a weeks residential in Devon
Unit 6 Applied Ecology
Organisms and adaptations for survival
Minimum GCSE Science requirement - B
GCSE in Maths/English grade C
The study of Biology enables students the choice of a wide range of careers including research, pharmacy, medicine, plant breeding, forestry, conservation, ecology, marine biology, science writing, bio-information, teaching, health officer, bio-technologist, dietician, chiropractor, physiotherapy and many more.
Biology is a popular subject and complements a wide range of other subjects. It links with the other sciences, e.g. Chemistry, Physics and also with Geography, Psychology, Sociology and others.
For further information please contact: Mrs Swan.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Magdalen College School directly.