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Biology AS-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description


  • To develop essential knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Biology
  • To develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • To develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • To develop interest and enthusiasm in Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • To understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

The Biology course is split into six modules. Modules 1-4 constitute the stand alone AS Level; Modules 1-6, combined with the practical endorsement constitute the full A Level.

Course content

The AS course is split into 4 modules that build on the key content at GCSE. The topics covered are Biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Content is split into four teaching modules:

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 - Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 - Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. Additional Science: B or Biology: B.


Unit 1 Breadth in Biology: 50% of total AS Level

Unit 2 Depth in Biology: 50% of total AS Level. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years