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Biology AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

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.

Course content


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.

Entry requirements

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.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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    • By Rail 

      Rail users may travel to Castle Cary (12 miles), Bath (30 miles), Bristol (29 miles) or Yeovil Junction (19 miles).

      By Road

      From the M5 leave the motorway at junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards. From the M3 leave the motorway at junction 8 and join the A303 westwards and then the B3151 for Millfield

      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.