Biology AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
Studying Biology gives you the opportunity to ﬁnd
out more about living things, how your body works
and enables you to have a better understanding of all
the new developments in medicine and biotechnology
that are having a real impact on our lives.
Biology gives you the opportunity to study a science, but
with a background of additional science at GCSE
there is no need to do either physics or chemistry
as well. Pupils wishing to go on to study Biological
Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science
at university must usually take Chemistry as well.
Unit 1: Biology and Disease.
The key principles are introduced here, including: cell structure, enzymes and the way substances enter and leave cells. With this knowledge in place pupils then move on to look at how disease affects the body. Cholera, lung and heart disease are all considered.
Unit 2: The Variety of Living Organisms.
Again the key principles are looked at to enable
pupils to understand how species have evolved.
The structure and function of DNA is studied and
we look at how cells divide.
The adaptations of species to their environment and
other key areas, such as the importance of surface
area and the transport of oxygen around the body,
are also studied.
Unit 4: Populations and the Environment.
Here we consider the ﬂow of energy and nutrients
through ecosystems and the associated biochemical
processes of photosynthesis and respiration. An
important part of this unit involves ﬁeldwork and the
pupils will be taken away to a ﬁeld centre to carry
out ecology studies to support their classroom work.
Unit 5: Control in Cells and Organisms draws on
the knowledge learnt in the previous units. Pupils
will learn how humans control their body processes,
such as the rate at which the heart beats, through
the activity of their control systems of nerves and
hormones. They will also learn about control at the
cellular level by looking at gene expression.
Unit 6: Practical task.
Unit 3: Practical task.
Essential for entry onto the Biology course is a grade B
in Additional Science or Biology at GCSE (grade A is
desirable) and grade C in English. GCSE Science alone
is not sufﬁcient. Grade B in Mathematics is desirable.
The theory papers are mainly in the form of short
answer questions; in the ﬁnal A2 paper one essay is
You should be happy with performing calculations
(percentages, rates, ratios etc.) and using graphs, but
the mathematical skills required are not beyond
those required at GCSE level.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
payable before submitting your application.
An A level in Biology will place you in a good position
when applying for university. Courses such as
Physiology, Physiotherapy, Sport Science, Zoology,
Natural Sciences, Biochemistry and Ecology are all
available to pupils who have studied Biology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.