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A Level Biology at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

New knowledge in areas such as genetics, molecular biology, biodiversity and ecology affects human society and the environment all over the planet. The world moves quickly – in order to move with it, and participate fully, people need to be ‘in the know’. The study of Biology gives the skills and opportunities to advance human knowledge and understanding in today’s world, in order to make a difference to tomorrow’s world.

Whether you decide to work in a laboratory, a field, an ocean, a zoo, a classroom, a TV studio or an industry (to name but a few), you can make a contribution as a Bioscientist. A background in Biology gives you transferable skills and increases your career options so that you can adapt to the world that is changing around you.

Course content

Unit 1
Structure and function of biological molecules, structure and properties of cell membranes, structure and role of DNA and RNA, protein synthesis, monohybrid inheritance, principles of gene therapy.

Unit 2
Cell structure and ultra structure, role of meiosis, genotype and environmental influence, stem cell research, biodiversity & natural selection, taxonomy, water transport in plants & use of plant products.

Unit 3Write a report that is either a record of a visit to a site of biological interest or a report of research into a biological topic.

Unit 4
Photosynthesis and energy transfer within ecosystems, evidence for global warming, evolution, nutrient recycling, DNA profiling, structure of bacteria & viruses, infectious diseases & immunology.

Unit 5
ATP and respiration, control and functioning of the heart, homeostasis, the nervous system, impact of exercise on the body, brain structure & development, imbalances in brain chemicals, the human genome project.

Unit 6
Students write a report of an experimental investigation that they have devised and carried out.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 A*-C GCSEs to get into the Sixth Form, but you MUST have a Grade B or higher in either GCSE Biology or Additional Science to gain entry to this course.


AS Level – Edexcel 8B101 A Level – Edexcel 9B101

This is through a combination of exam board assessed and centre assessed coursework and examinations.

Future opportunities

Biology leads on to a wide range of courses and careers, including:
– an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences, Medicine, Environmental Science, Forensic Science and related courses or a BTEC Higher National (HNC or HND);
– employment, for example in the areas of Biological Testing, Biotechnology, independent research and the food industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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