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Biology at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Biology is the study of living organisms and covers a wide variety of topics ranging from animals, plants, health, diseases, cells, biochemistry, genetics, ecosystems etc. In fact biological issues are never far from the headlines, be they G.M. crops, HIV, the human genome, obesity or deforestation.

Course content

Students will learn about the biology behind contemporary issues such as DNA structure, antibiotic resistance and healthy lifestyles. They will also explore cloning, cancer and how biologists are helping in the development of new techniques in the fight against disease. Students will study the following modules:


  • Biological molecules

  • Cells

  • How organisms exchange substances with their environment

  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms

  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

  • The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study Level 3 qualifications at Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 or above in both English (Language or Literature) and Maths and in 3 other GCSE subject plus an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Subject specific entrance requirements are:

GCSE Biology Grade 6, Chemistry Grade 5, Physics Grade 5 or GCSE Combined Science minimum Grades 6 and 5. An APS of 4.75 or above.


Future opportunities

Where will it lead:

A qualification in Biology can lead to a variety of jobs and careers including Nursing, Medicine, Radiology, Dentistry, Research, Fieldwork, Pharmaceuticals, Pathology, Conservation and Physiotherapy, to name but a few.

Further information

Super-curricular Opportunities:

  • A trip to London for a talk on genetics.
  • A visit to biomedical lab.
  • Workshops which focus on a wide range of subject specific topics.
  • Presentations from guest speakers eg a microbiologist.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 September 2018
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