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Biology GCE AS / A2 at Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School

Course description

Biology is the study of biochemistry, physiology and structure of living organisms, and their place within the environment. The SNAB specification is unique in that it is context based rather than concept based.


Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 Lifestyle, transport genes and health

Unit 2 Development, plants and the enviornment

Unit 3 Practical Biology and Research skills

A2 Modules

Unit 4: The natural environment and species survival.

Unit 5: Energy, excercise and co-ordination.

Unit 6: Practical Biology and investigative skills.

Entry requirements

Six A*-C at GCSEs, grade B in Maths and two Sciences and a grade C in English Language. Prospective students should be interested in the subject and should be aware that it is a difficult and demanding A level. The work load is considerable and students s


There are written exams for each of the units, varying from 1 to 2 hours in length. In addition, as part of Unit 3 there is a 2000 word submission on an issue or visit, this is marked by the examining board. An extended investigation is submitted as part of Unit 6.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Contact name:
    • Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 02086559089