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Biology Specification A Level at Matravers School

Course description

If you have wondered about how your body works, why you look like you do, or what all this talk is about cloning and GM crops, then Biology is for you. Throughout the course you will be learning in detail things you can talk about for the rest of your life – why cats and dogs see in black and white, where the islets of Langerhan and the nodes of Ranvier are. Biology is a subject which complements a wide range of other A Levels. English, Modern Languages, Geography, Maths and other Science subjects are all currently studied alongside Biology. Students studying A Level Biology will acquire a wide range of skills including analytical, investigative and observational skills.
Incorporated in the course is an exciting field study course where we don wellies and scramble about in Devon studying plants and animals of the local environment. At AS, this specification will stimulate the enthusiasm of teachers and students from the start. It emphasises the way in which biologists work and the contributions of Biology to society in a way that underpins the specification but is not intrusive.

Future opportunities

So if you want the opportunity to enter the field of medicine, television wildlife research, watch turtles in the Indian Ocean or even accountancy, Biology teaches you the key skills to excel. An A Level in Biology can be used as a stepping stone to University. Careers open to you could be in the Medical Profession – although you will need to study another science subject at A Level, usually Chemistry; Working with Animals; Laboratory Work; Research; Education; Environmental Work; Horticulture and many others.

Further information

The AS level and A level have been decoupled meaning that the AS level is a stand-alone qualification. If students sit the AS examinations and go on to complete a full A level, they will only achieve a qualification for the full A level. The AS examinations will be discounted. This will also apply for the UCAS points achieved. Only UCAS points for the AS level or the A level can be used for university applications. If students sit the AS level examinations but then continue with the full A level, they can only use the UCAS points from the full A Level. There are no longer any internal practical assessments (ISA’s), however throughout the course there are some compulsory practical investigations which will then be assessed in the external written examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September