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A level Biology at Christ's School and Sixth Form

Course description


‘The advances of biology during the past 20 years have been breath-taking, particularly in cracking the mystery of heredity. Nevertheless, the greatest and most difficult problems still lie ahead.’                                                                                                      H. Bentley Glass


Biology is a challenging and fascinating subject that is relevant in our daily lives.

Course content


During the course you will study cellular processes and structures, important molecules in living cells, enzyme function, transport systems in plants and animals, gaseous exchange, lifestyle and disease, classification and diversity of organism.


These units are further developed in the second year to include many physiological processes including respiration, photosynthesis, homeostasis and responses in plants, and the structure and function of the nervous system.  Additionally, work is done on protein synthesis, biotechnology, genetic engineering, ecosystems and animal behaviour.


Entry requirements

At least a Grade B in Biology



AS: two written examinations plus ISA type practical assessments


A2: two written examinations plus practical skills assessments

Future opportunities


The possibilities range from medicine to agriculture, forensics to zoology.  Almost any degree will accept A level Biology.


Further information

Both courses have practical components that are assessed in years 12 and 13.  This includes field work and the study of organisms in their natural environment.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 20