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Biology A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

The specification is aimed at stimulating the enthusiasm of students from the start and addresses in depth many of the themes touched upon at GCSE. It emphasises the way in which biologists work and the contributions that Biology makes to society. A-level Biology is a stepping stone to future study, which allows students to develop the skills that are useful when applying to University. Many students continue their studies beyond LRGS in the field of Biological Sciences and well as Bio-Medical.


Course content

At LRGS we will follow the 2015 AQA Biology course. The course is divided into eight modules of work to be covered over the two years of the A-level, all will be externally examined.

In AS course (Lower Sixth) there are four taught modules:

  • Biological molecules The basic building blocks of organisms, from simple sugars to complex macro-molecules, this unit of work explores the nature of the Biochemical basis of life.
  • Cells The cell as a unit of life and its complex variety that exist on Earth.
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment How organisms show physiological adaptions to exchange material between the internal and external environments.
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms The Universal code of life and how genetic variation leads to the complex diversity seen within organisms today.

In the A-level course there are a further four modules:

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms How energy exchanges between organisms and the environment.
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments How changes in the body are detected and result in responses that maintain a constant state.
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems The theory of evolution that underpins modern Biology and how variation exists between species.
  • The control of gene expression How gene expression is linked to external factors and it can be manipulated.

The objective of the course is to develop an understanding of Biology which will not only promote subject knowledge in current biological topics but also help to maintain a critical eye on developments in the scientific community. Each unit of study will be based around a series of practical activities which are at the heart of the teaching of the course.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken.  An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country‚Äôs exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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