Biology (AQA) at St Laurence School
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
develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem
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
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.