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Biology GCE AS Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is literally the study of life and you should study this subject if you are interested in how living things work. Biology is an exciting and fast moving science, with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in genetics and in the fight against disease, both of which are studied here.

Course content

AS Level (year one) Unit One – Biology and Disease You will study basic principles in the context of the digestive system, gas exchange system and circulatory system. You will study diseases of these systems and the response of the body to infection. Unit Two – The Variety of Living Organisms You will study DNA and how differences in DNA results in genetic diversity. You will study the extensive variety of life and how factors such as size and metabolic rate affect the requirements of organisms.

Entry requirements

• At least grades BB in GCSE Science or a B in Biology, along with a grade C in GCSE Maths. Applied Science does not provide a suitable grounding for the study of pure science at A-level. • Determination to succeed. Biology is a difficult subject, with many concepts and a lot of scientific terminology to master. It is not a subject to take as a fourth AS level, because you think it might be the ‘easy’ science. • An enquiring mind and the discipline to read and think about the subject outside of lessons. • The ability to apply your knowledge to new situations. This is one of the main skills needed for success in the exams.


There are examinations in January and June. Unit 1 is assessed by a 1.25 hour exam Unit 2 is assessed by a 1.75 hour exam Unit 3 is a practical skills unit worth 20% Unit 4 is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam Unit 5 is assessed by a 2.25 hour exam Unit 6 is a practical skills unit worth10% In addition throughout the course you will be set tasks and homework to check your learning and understanding and there will be regular formal assessments.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year