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Biology AS and A Level at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith

Course description

In Year 12 students will build on their knowledge of many of the themes covered at GCSE. Key topics include cell structure, variation, basic biochemistry and exchange and transport.

In Year 13 students will develop their biological skills further as they study energy transfers, responses to changes in their internal and external environments and genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry requirements

We would normally expect students to have achieved at least a grade A in Biology and a B in Chemistry at GCSE to be able to successfully study this course.


Assessment will be by examination at the end of the course. Practical skills are taught throughout the course and will be assessed through appropriate questions within the examinations which contribute to the A level grade alongside a separate internally assessed endorsement qualification indicating students have developed appropriate practical competencies.

Future opportunities

Biology is a very rewarding subject which can lead to the study of Biology in its own right as well as many associated subjects at a higher level. There are those subjects which are very obviously connected with Biology such as Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy. There are, however, many other courses and careers where having an A level in Biology would be useful with the fastest growing areas being those of Genetics, Biotechnology and Sports Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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    • The school was founded by Royal Charter in 1564. It was formerly situated in the centre of Penrith near St. Andrew's Church, but moved to the new buildings on its present site in 1915. The main school was extended in 1937 and 1958. The Donald Fay Memorial Building consisting of four Technology rooms and two Information Technology rooms was completed by September 1995 and a new building providing six Science laboratories, four Mathematics rooms and another Technology room was opened in July 1998. In November 2001, the Peter Kremer Sports Hall and four English rooms were completed. Further building work in 2004, 2009 and 2014 has provided additional office space and four classrooms. The extensive playing fields are adjacent to the school.