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Biology A level at King Edward VI Sixth Form College

Course description

“Dans la nature rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd, tout change.’
In nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes.”
(Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier)

Learn about other living things, learn about yourself through our two Biology courses: Biology and Human Biology. Both cover the same basic biological principles, however Human Biology delivers these through a study of humans, both healthy & ill, while Biology focuses on a wider range of living things, including animals, plants & microorganisms. Both courses are equally acceptable for entry to a wide range of Higher Education courses including Medicine, with the exception of Veterinary Science degrees where Biology must be taken.

The AS Biology course in Year 12 introduces you to some fundamental aspects of modern Biology including cell structure, the heart, transport in plants & animals, cell division, biochemistry and other topics. AS Human Biology also looks at key aspects of Biology but through a study of the human body & its diseases. In both Biology & Human Biology there is extensive practical work, some of which is assessed & contributes to the final AS grade.

The A2 course develops AS ideas further through the study of homeostasis, biotechnology & ecology in biology & reproduction, genetics, ecology & human physiology in the Human Biology course. Practical coursework is again assessed and counts for 10% of the final A2 marks in both subjects.

Entry requirements

BB or higher in GCSE Science and Additional Science, or B in Biology, and a B in GCSE Mathematics is required. Unfortunately GCSE Applied Science does not adequately prepare students for success in Biology or Human Biology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Course code: 36000511644104


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