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A2 Biology at John Colet School

Course description

We aim to develop a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the study of Biology and potential careers in the subject. The content of the syllabus aims to relate Biology to real world concepts and make it relevant for our students, with a wide range of topics being covered from microbiology, infectious and lifestyle diseases, anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, ecology and much more. Students will develop an understanding of how different areas of Biology relate to each other and how scientific research is undertaken. Practical and investigative skills will be honed during practical activities throughout the course.

Course content

Summer Year 13:

Paper 1 (2 hours, 35% of A level)

Paper 2 (2 hours, 35% of A level)

Paper 3 (2 hours, 30% of A level, this exam includes 1 essay question)

Entry requirements

At least 5 grade A*- C GCSE subjects, which must include: Grade B or above in Biology, and one other Science, with at least a C grade in the third Science or Grade B or above in both Science and Additional Science and A*- C in Maths, and English Language or Literature.


There is no formal controlled assessment. However, the students have to demonstrate sound practical skills through series of assessed practical activities to pass the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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