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Biology A/S at Queensbury School

Course description

This is a popular course which is very useful combined with other related A Levels, and is a good stepping stone onto a degree course or into a related career pathway.

Course content

The AS course consists of 3 units, one of which is the coursework element.

Unit 1 - Cells, Exchange and Transport

This unit looks at cell structure and function, cell division and diversity. It also covers work on respiratory surfaces, the circulatory system and movement of substances through plants.

Unit 2 - Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health

This unit looks at biochemistry, especially enzymes, diet and food production, health and disease.  The third part of the unit looks at biodiversity and evolution of life.

Unit 3 - Practical skills

Students complete 3 practical tasks which are set by the exam board. There are then a series of written questions associated with the tasks that are assessed. All the coursework is done in class.

This is worth 20% of the AS grade.The assessments usually take place between Christmas and Easter.

At the end of Year 12 there is a biology fieldcourse. This is a 3 day residential, studying various ecological habitats. Recent residential have been to the Lake District.


Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5A*-Cs (including English and Mathematics) in your GCSEs and at least two GCSE Science qualifications  (Core / Additional / Triple Science) with minimum grades of BB, or BBB for triple science.

BTEC Science equivalents are not suitable for this course.

To progress onto the second year of this course you will need to gain at least a pass grade from the AS course.


AS examinations will take place in June of Year 12.

Future opportunities

To continue the course in A2. The AS award could be useful to gain employment in a science based occupation or a higher award.

Biology is a very good qualification as a stepping stone into any science based degree course and career pathway including physiotherapy and sports.

Further information

Contact Mr Hunter (Head of Biology) for further information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year