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Biology A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

A Level Biology attracts those who are interested in the living world and how organisms function and survive. As a Biology student you will develop skills in information and data collection, analysis, evaluation and understanding. Science encourages reasoned, critical thinking and teamwork, as well as presentation and research skills which are highly prized by employers.

Course content

The course covers topics such as: biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment, and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. A Level Biology aims to give students a greater understanding of how organisms function and interact with their environment. The course promotes independent learning, research skills and practical techniques. Students will also develop the ability to think synoptically, bringing together information from different parts of the course in order to promote depth, as well as breadth, of knowledge.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Financial information

It is recommended that students purchase a course textbook which they can annotate to support them with their studies. There is also an opportunity to go on a residential field course that will develop understanding of ecology, biodiversity and conservation, ecological investigation techniques, statistical analysis and data interpretation skills, genetics, forensic sciences and environmental science. During the A Level course students will have the opportunity to discuss post- 16 options and meet with a variety of biological professionals in order to explore careers beyond the obvious.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.