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Biology (AQA) at St Laurence School

Course description

The aims of the course are to encourage students to:
 develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject, both
animal and plant based, frequently on a molecular level, and how they relate to each other
 develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of
scientific methods
 develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem
solving skills
 develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in
further study and the careers associated with the subject
 understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues such as cloning and intensive
farming and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society as a

Entry requirements

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills inherent in GCSE Science
and Mathematics. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Biology separately; Additional
Science provides a good grounding for the study of A-level Biology. The qualification integrates
theory and relevant practical work, and teaching is designed to encourage a problem-solving
approach to learning.
You will need to be able to communicate effectively, research and think critically and independently
about biological problems. There is a significant mathematical element.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 November 2014

Key information

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