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BIOLOGY - AS & A2 LEVEL at Astley Community High School

Course description

The course builds on the biological concepts and principles learnt at GCSE. The curriculum develops your analytical skills and the ability to apply biological principles to complex situations. It also promotes an awareness of social, environmental and economic issues relating to certain topics such as genetic engineering. For those students wishing to pursue a career in medicine, veterinary medicine, drug development, plant/animal physiology, sports science then this is the A level for you.


Cells, Exchange & Transport

Molecules, Biodiversity, Food & Health

Practical Skills in Biology 1


Communication, Homeostasis & Energy

Control, Genomes and Environment

Practical Skills in Biology 2

Students are encouraged to actively take part in lessons, especially practical lessons. Homework is set on a regular basis and will normally consist of either independent research or past examination questions. In the past, visits have been arranged to enhance students’ biological knowledge. These have included: visiting the Microscopy Unit at the Medical School; carrying out an ecological survey on a rocky shore at Whitley Bay; doing a Genetic Engineering Workshop at the Centre for Life; studying Biodiversity at Edinburgh Zoo and a residential field trip.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the course you need to have at least a grade BB in GCSE Core and Additional Science. If you studied triple science (3 GCSE’s in Science) you must achieve at least a grade C in Chemistry/Physics and a grade B in Biology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years