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Biology AS/A2 *Fees payable* at Sheffield High School

Course description

What will I be studying?

At AS you will be studying the effects of disease on body systems and the causes of variation in living organisms at both cell and organism level. At A2 you will be studying the nervous and endocrine systems, homeostasis, genes and genetic expression, populations and ecosystems.

What does this subject involve?

There are three modules at AS:

Biology and Disease

The variety of living organisms

A Controlled Assessment Unit which involves an investigation.

There are a further three modules at A2:

Populations and Environment

Control in cells and in organisms

A Controlled Assessment Unit which involves an investigation.

Some statistical tests are taught during the two year course and are needed for the analysis of the A2 investigation. Practical work is an integral part of the course.


Entry requirements

To get the most from this course you will need:

An interest in current advances in the subject such as gene cloning technology

To apply knowledge and understanding of biological principles

To explain biological principles

To analyse and interpret data

To present scientific arguments

To evaluate ethical, moral and social issues

To carry out investigative activities including appropriate risk management

To evaluate methodology, evidence and data

To consider the role of the scientific community in validating evidence and in resolving conflicting evidence

To consider the contributions that scientists make to decision-making and the formulation of policy

To recognise the need for regulation of scientific enquiry and how this can be achieved

Everyone studies Biology as part of GCSE Science.


Future opportunities

A level Biology students have gone on to study the following related degree courses: natural sciences, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, physiology, biomedical science, genetics, marine biology, equine studies and others.Some students go on to study an unrelated discipline such as Law; the range of generic skills developed in Biology makes this a feasible option.


Further information

The course usually includes lectures from visiting university lecturers and visits to university departments.


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: 19 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years