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Biology AS/A Level at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is a popular course, combining well with many other subjects, including arts as well as sciences. It includes many topics which were first introduced at GCSE, but broadens and develops students understanding to much greater depth. It also introduces a number of new areas and the work in the second year of A Level is signicantly more challenging than AS.

We use a wide range of strategies for learning including including discussion, practical work, model building, group work and problem solving. We aim to convey our enthusiasm for biology to our students.

Course content

AS and first year of A level (AQA) 

Unit I: Biological molecules

Unit 2: Cells

Unit 3: How organisms exchange substances with their environment

Unit 4: Venation and relationships between organisms

Second year of A level (AQA) 

Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

Unit 6: How organisms respond to change

Unit 7: Genetics

Unit 8:Control of gene expression


Entry requirements

A minimum of grades BB in GCSE science and 6 in GCSE maths and English.

Future opportunities

Higher Education opportunities in Biology are plentiful. In the past, students have gone onto study medicine, agriculture, animal physiology and nutrition, veterinary science, biochemistry, food science, microbiology, nursing, physiotherapy, genetics and various environmental courses. One important point to remember is that many universities prefer students to have A level chemistry for entry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northallerton School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 November 2016

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