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Biology A Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

Whether its global warming and extremes of weather, Ebola or other epidemic outbreaks, using transplanted nerve cells to cure paralysis, or stem cells to grow a whole new organ, the living world around us has profound affects on our lives. An ageing and growing population, together with huge advances in understanding of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology, means that our ever changing world needs, more than ever before, students to rise to the challenges ahead. Studying biology will give you the knowledge and skills required to better understand the world in which we live, in order to prepare for the world of tomorrow. Whether you may be considering a career in medicine or microbiology, in forensics or food technology, in pharmacy or farm management, an A’ level in Biology will provide you with the understanding and skills required, and increase your future career options.

Biology at The RGS is taught by a team of enthusiastic, dynamic, innovative and experienced staff who provide a supportive environment to help you to reach your full potential.There are five specialist biology teachers, who teach more than 90 students taking A2 Biology or the International Baccalaureate courses. The full A’ level course lasts for two years. The new course, as with all new biology A’ levels, has a 10% mathematics content, and a large amount of biochemistry, so if you plan to take Chemistry A level, Biology is a complementary subject which will help to reinforce many similar skills.


Course content

The new A level will be fully tested on the completion of the two year course - again a mandatory, government-introduced change.

There are three units to the A level course. Full details can be found in Assessment section below.

Entry requirements

Grade 7 in Biology or 8-7 in Combined Science.
Any student who wishes to study Biology but who is not taking A’ level Mathematics must also study the Mathematics in Context (Core Maths).
In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at 9-6 (A*-B)  including English Language and Mathematics.


Students will sit three papers. Full details can be found in the prospectus.


Further information

If you wish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details can be found on the school website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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