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Biology AS/A2 at Magdalen College School

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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

Agricultural ecosystems

Organisms and adaptations for survival

Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE Science requirement - B

GCSE in Maths/English grade C

Future opportunities

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.

Further information

Suitable Combinations:

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.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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