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Biology AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

“Just as the last century was regarded as the golden age of physics, so it is becoming increasingly clear that the twenty-first is the century of biology.” - Jim Al-Khalili, broadcaster for the BBC and Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey.

KGV is the place to study Biology. We are the largest department in the College and we have a proud history of providing excellent teaching and results. Students will study a range of topics over the two year course including: Biochemistry, Diseases and the Immune System, Genes and Genetic Engineering, and Evolution.

You will regularly carry out practical work, usually on an individual basis. This will include the preparation of a lab book, to record practical activities to show evidence for the study topic Practical Endorsement.

Course content

First Year

1. Development of Practical Skills in Biology

2. Foundations of Biology, inc. biochemistry, cells, DNA and enzymes

3. Exchange and transport across cell membranes

Second Year

1. Biodiversity, evolution and disease

2. Communication, homeostasis and energy

3. Genetics, evolution and ecosystems


Entry requirements

Biologists must be inquisitive with a desire to understand the processes that govern the natural world. If you were interested in biology at GCSE but felt that the course was too focused on the application of science, neglecting the opportunity to explore the technicalities and understand the details of biological ideas and theories you will be well suited to study at A level. You must be able to work independently and collaboratively to discover new ideas through constructive learning and practical activities. Biology is not a subject that can be spoon fed, you should be prepared to take on board new ideas whilst formulating your own personal understanding of the subject.

Future opportunities

Biology A-level offers a pathway into many different careers. Currently we have students who will be pursuing medicine, biology, biochemistry, radiography, biomedical sciences, pharmacology, veterinary sciences and dentistry.

This year we are hoping to send nine biologists to study medicine. We have one very able biologist, Dan Howard who will be studying medicine at Cambridge. Others will be attending Russell Group universities such as Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds.

As well as the students who will go onto pursue careers in medicine, veterinary science  and dentistry we also have high hope for many of our students who will use the analytical and evaluative skills they have learned during their biology A-levels to continue education in fields such as engineering and geology.

Further information

Each year, the department hosts a number of guest speakers, who share cutting-edge research developments with our students and offer information regarding the broad range of courses careers available to KGV Biologists. Most recently, we were visited by Professor Raymond Tallis who gave a lecture on neurology, evolution and the seat of consciousness.

KGV also offers a Medical Society, with regular meetings and outside speakers to augment our budding medics, vets and dentists applications to university. You can also get involved in The KGV Biology Quiz Team, who last year were runners up at the Society of Biology Schools Quiz at The University of Central Lancashire.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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