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AS Biology at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

Biology will enable you to gain a detailed understanding of how living organisms work and interact. It will help you to develop high-level research skills (both practical and written) and will aid development of information assimilation. These skills are relevant for a large number of careers. The skills acquired are highly valued by employers and are usefully applied on many University courses.



Course content

Further course content: Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk This topic builds on students’ knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the circulatory system and the importance of lifestyle choices to health. The role of diet and other lifestyle factors in maintenance of good health is considered with particular reference to the heart and circulation and to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The structures and functions of some carbohydrates and lipids are also detailed. Ideas about correlation, causation and the concept of risks to health are covered. Students will carry out a range of practical experiments related to this topic in order to develop their practical skills. This could include a number of core practicals along with heart dissection to relate heart structure to function, investigation of the structure blood vessels by measuring the elastic recoil of arteries and veins and by examining slides of blood vessels, measurement of blood pressure, and investigation of the hydrolysis of disaccharides. Topic 2: Genes and Health This topic considers the following biological principles through the context of the genetic disease cystic fibrosis: the properties of and transport of materials, across cell membranes and gas exchange surfaces, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, enzymes and monohybrid inheritance. The topic also allows for discussion of the social and ethical issues surrounding the genetic screening for genetic conditions. Possible experiments include investigation of the effect of surface are to volume ration on uptake by diffusion, examination of slides of alveoli to observe the features that aid diffusion into the bloodstream, and investigation of osmosis and diffusion across membranes, and investigate inheritance using, for example, corn ears. Units in the A level course are: Topic 3: Voice of the Genome Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Entry requirements

6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Science BB, English and Mathematics

Future opportunities

Biology is an interesting and rewarding topic that will allow you to progress to a variety of careers in a wide variety of fields including: medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, environmental consultancy, horticulture, agriculture, animal care, laboratory work, forensics.

Further information

Level: AS Duration: 1-2 Years Qualification: AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Biology Entry Requirements: 6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Science BB, English and Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
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    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.