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A Level Biology at Sir George Monoux College

Course description

Biology is never far from the headlines... The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya, 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last rainforests of Borneo are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology...and the work they do so vital to us all.

Course content

Units include: - Lifestyle, blood circulation, genetics and health - Plants and climate change - Research unit where you will choose an interesting topic to research in Biology and write a report on it. This unit also links to some state of the art experiments - The natural environment and survival of plants and animals - Energy, exercise and coordination, which links to recording your physiological responses (e.g. heart rate, lung volume) Experimental biology; experiments include genetic engineering, the effect of drugs on heart rate, the effect of antibiotics on bacteria and medicines from plants. Students undertake an outdoor field course as part of the A Level course.


Regular class topic tests and key assessments, with full mock exams before a Unit examination. Practical skills (coursework) is assessed by means of an EMPA (externally-marked practical assessment) in which the exam board sets you a task to be completed in class followed by a written test. There is one EMPA for AS and one for A2. They contribute to 20% of the A Level grade.

Future opportunities

Most students go on to university to pursue courses in a wide range of subjects where Biology is used. These could include Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Ophthalmic Optics, Biomedical Research, Forensic Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychology, Podiatry, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Protection.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir George Monoux College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

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