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Biology A Level at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

Course description

The new Biology course focuses on developing practical skills and mathematical skills to better prepare you for working in the scientific community. At least 10% of the marks in assessments for Biology will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of Biology and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE mathematics.

In the first year, areas of study will include: pathogens and the principles of immunology, the digestive system, proteins, cell structure and organelles and their function, the cardiorespiratory system, variation and genetic diversity, DNA, biodiversity, and adaptation and selection.

In the second year, areas of study will include: population dynamics, photosynthesis, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, Nutrient cycles, Inheritance, Principles of coordination, homeostasis and feedback control, DNA technology and control of gene expression. On the A-level Biology Course, you can expect to develop analytical skills, develop the ability to critically evaluate scientific methods and data and develop laboratory techniques to an appropriate level of skill and precision.

Entry requirements

To gain entry onto the A Level Pathway students would need 5 or more B grades in their GCSE qualifications including a C grade in Maths and English Language. A Level students should chose 3 subjects and the ASDAN COPE Award.


Students will complete all exams at the end of year 13. Coursework is no longer required, however, key practical assessments are carried out and do contribute to the overall awarding of your grade.

Future opportunities

Relevant degrees include: Biochemistry, Microbiology/Medical Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, Molecular & Cell Biology, Biomedical Imaging, Genetics, Biomedical Science, Conservation Biology, Food Science, Nursing, and Medicine. Relevant careers include: Research, Healthcare, Environmental management and conservation, biotechnology, medicine and forensic sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2017
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