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Biology A Level at Highfields School

Course description

What is Biology?
Biology is the study of living organisms, how they function and how they interact with each other.

This course has a great blend of topics. Some of which you will already be familiar with from GCSE such as the circulatory system and photosynthesis. Other topics are brand new, such as modern gene technologies including gene cloning, gene therapy and DNA fingerprinting.
If you like GCSE biology, you will love A-level because you can really get to grips with each topic and make your understanding more complete.
You will enjoy the balance between theory and practical lessons. The practical investigations will give you the chance to develop skills and consolidate your theoretical knowledge.
The biology course has variety and diversity and so never gets boring EVER!

Course content

The human body?
Interpreting data related to disease risk factors?
The way in which scientists work?
The contribution of science to modern society?
Understanding medical developments in the media?
The impact humans have on the environment?

Entry requirements



AS: 2 x 1hr 30min written exam
A2: 3 x 2hr written exam
Assessment of practical skills will be by written exams only. 15% of the marks in the papers will relate to
practical work.

Future opportunities

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Micro-biology
  • Veterinary science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Genetics
  • Bio-medical sciences
  • Agricultural science
  • Forensic science
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Food science
  • Environmental science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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