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Biology AS/A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

From 2016 the way A-Level Biology is examined will change. The course will still be taught by two Biology specialists and will aim to deliver a combination of content and skills that will prepare students for further study in areas such as Biology, Medicine, Environmental Science, Zoology, Marine Biology and Biomedical Science.

Entry requirements

The students joining the course will have a high GCSE  points score (46+) with at least a B grade at GCSE Biology, Maths and English Language. They will be inquisitive and keen to read about science and technology as well as having an enthusiastic approach to natural sciences.



AS/A2 Unit 1 - Biological molecules
AS/A2 Unit 2 - Cells
AS/A2 Unit 3 - Organism exchange substances and their environment
AS/A2 Unit 4 - Genetic information, variation and relationship with organisms
A2 Unit 5 - Energy transfers in and between organisms
A2 Unit 6 - Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
A2 Unit 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and eco-systems
A2 Unit 8 - The control or gene expression


Future opportunities

A Biology A-Level at grade B or better will compliment any combination mixed set of A-Levels; it will demonstrate the ability for critical thinking and problem solving. We will be keen to show you, in context, the variety of careers that you can follow up on the back of a Biology degree such as: Biology, Zoology, Entemology, Patasitology, Veterinary Science and Medicine. The list is endless. A Biology ‘A’ level and degree will develop lifelong learning and leadership

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.