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Biology A-Level at Reading School

Course description

Biology is a challenging subject at A level. It is a subject of continual advance and change with a high output of major discoveries that have significant impacts on all aspects of society. Students are encouraged to keep up to date with these many new issues and to gain an appreciation of the dynamic nature of science.

Biology not only encompasses aspects of the physical sciences and mathematics related to the living world, but also provides an opportunity to consider the ethical issues arising from the rapid advances in the life sciences. The staff place considerable emphasis on the need for students to be in control of their own learning and students are expected to have the ability to work on their own initiative. In order to achieve good marks in the assessment of practical skills many lessons will cover the practical aspects of Biology. Students are encouraged to consider extension work, such as a Nuffield Bursary, and suitable students will be selected to enter the British Biology Olympiad Competition. Currently many medical schools request Biology as an essential component of their entry requirements. Good A level combinations with Biology are Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Geography. However, it should be noted that many candidates achieve the highest grade in A level Biology whilst combining it with non-scientific subjects.

Course content

The specification followed is OCR Biology:

  • Cells, Exchange and Transport
  • Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
  • Pracitical Skills
  • Communication and Homeostasis
  • Control, Genmoes and the Environment

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Biology or A in both Science and Additional Science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years