Accessibility links

Biology A/S at Grange Technology College

Course description

If you:

Have an enthusiasm for biology?

Wish to develop your practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles?

Want appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills for the study of biology in Higher Education?

Then this is the course for you!

This course involves the study of human, animal and plant biology. It gives the knowledge to study a range of biological sciences at University. The course is modular with three modules for AS (Year 12). Popular topics include Immunology, the Cardiovascular System and Genetics. The assessment is through examination and practical work.

Why study biology at AS level?

  • The AS course is a one year course.
  • Students will get the opportunity to participate in practical work.
  • If you plan to follow a science or medically related degree course at university, Biology is very desirable and a considerable advantage.
  • If you plan to take Chemistry at A or AS-level, Biology is a complimentary subject which will help to reinforce many similar skills.
  • The course is also suitable for students with an interest in human biology.

For further information contact Mrs G McFadden - Area Director / Subject Leader Science

Course content

Unit 1: Biology and disease - study the systems of the body eg. the breathing system and the digestive systems and learn how disease such as tuberculosis and cholera affect them.

  • Pathogens and disease
  • Digestion and enzymes
  • Membranes and transport
  • Heart and lungs
  • Blood and immunity

Unit 2: The variety of living organisms - study how organisms are different from each other and how the genetic material (DNA) leads to these differences.

  • Classifications, variations and genetic diversity
  • DNA and meiosis
  • Biochemistry
  • Mitosis and the cell cycle
  • Gas exchange and water transport in plants
  • Antibiotics and antibiotics resistance

Unit 3 : Coursework

Various practical activities will be carried out that relate to the topics above and there will be an assessment in the same style as the GCSE ISA

Entry requirements

AS - 5 x A-C at GCSE including a grade B in GCSE Science or BTEC distinction or merit plusTransition Unit minimum grade B.

AS-level Biology is not an 'easy option': it is extremely demanding and is often considered by students to be the most difficult of the sciences at A-level, since it covers such a wide range of skills.


AS Biology

The marks you attain in your AS level will carry forward and affect your A2 grade.

Unit 1 - BIOL1 Biology and Disease

Examination Paper- 1 hour 15 minutes

5-7 short answer questions plus

2 longer questions (a short comprehension and a structured question requiring continuous prose)

33.3% of the total AS marks

(Marks will carry forward to be 23.3% of the total A2 mark)

Unit 2 BIOL2 The Variety of Living Organisms

Examination paper - 1 hour 45 minutes

7-9 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions (1 data handling and 1 assessing analysis and evaluation)

46.7% of the total AS marks

(Marks will be carried forward to be 23.3% of the total A2 mark)

Unit 3 - Internal Assessment Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Biology


  • BIO3T, Centre Marked Route T

Practical Skills Assessment

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA)


  • BIO3X, Externally Marked Route X

Practical Skills Verification

Externally Marked Practical Assignment


20% of total AS marks

(Marks will carry forward to be 10% of total A2 mark)

Future opportunities

What can I do with AS level Biology?

Many students go on to study A2 Biology and then a related course at university. The following courses are typical of the variety of biology related courses taken up by Biology students:



Biological Sciences


Sports Science/Health




Forensic Science




Biomedcal Sciences


Pharmaceutical Science


Natural Science

Further information

For further information please contact Ms Anne Dubickas, Director of Area: Science or Mrs Gill McFadden, Subject Leader: Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grange Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year