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Biology AS Level at St Peter's School, Huntingdon

Course description

Come to St Peters and study Biology at advanced level and study the new A level Biology course with resources specifically and carefully developed for the course.

There is an emphasis on practical work and the use of a wide range of teaching and learning activities that will suit all students and will help you to learn and progress.

We run an ecology trip to Hunstanton where students learn about ecological sampling techniques and broaden their skills in the identification of living things.

There are a very large number of practical based activities which allow the skill development necessary for the practical assessments which are divided into three areas of quantitative, qualitative and evaluative skills.

You will develop various practical skills, widen your knowledge and develop the ability to apply your knowledge to explain the results of experiments. Within the changes to the specification is the introduction of 'How Science Works' (HSW) elements into the sub topics.The HSW elements include ethical issues in Science, scientific knowledge in its social context, theories and models to develop scientific explanations and the communication of information.

These are exciting changes to the course and students are asked to cover a number of new areas such as ethical issues which are very much to the fore as technology advances.

Within the course of lessons and experiments you will need to work as part of a team which may comprise working with another student or working in larger groups. There will be times when you will have to present your work and peer assess the wok of others. The presentation of work will help you to develop your self confidence levels.

Course content

AS Biology

  • Unit F211 Cells, Exchange and Transport
  • Module 1 Cells
  • Module 2 Exchange and Transport
Unit F212 Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and health
  • Module 1 Biological molecules
  • Module 2 Food and Health
  • Module 3 Biodiversity and Evolution
Unit F213 Practical skills in Biology 1

Entry requirements

  • You will need a grade B or above at Higher Tier in Triple Award Science or
  • the Additional Science GCSE course and
  • 5 GCSEs at A* - C, including English and Maths.


a. Externally assessed modular exams in the January and June of the AS and A2 courses.

b. Externally assessed practical coursework.

Financial information

  • You will need to purchase your AS textbooks.
  • You will be asked for a voluntary contribution towards the A level Biology trips to places like the Human Genome Campus and the Ecology trip to Hunstanton ( Summer term of Year 12)

Future opportunities

  • A Level Biology is important if you are considering a career in professions such as social work, doctor, nurse, and physiotherapist.
  • A Level Biology is necessary if you want to be a vet.
  • This A Level is also useful for a career as a pathologist, biochemist or microbiologist, and a career in biotechnology, genetics, and marine biology.
  • The A Level can also be used, in conjunction with Geography, for a career in Environmental Studies.

Further information

  • You need to be well organised and enthusiastic and you will need to be prepared to work hard. The ability to meet deadlines is a crucial part of the course and you will need to develop practical skills to work effectively in the practical assessments.

This is a very interesting course which students enjoy and it is an excellent foundation for you to study Biology at university either as a pure Biology course, as part of another degree subject (i.e. with Geography or as a foundation for Sports Sciences) or as a qualification leading to a place on a course in medicine.

Contact Dr R Mead for further information. Delivery: Full-time

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's School, Huntingdon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year