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Biology AS at The King Alfred School

Course description

AS Biology is one year long, with exams at the end.

  • Topics studied during AS Biology include:
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Course content

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:


  • Using microscopes to see cell division
  • Dissection of animal or plant systems

  • Aseptic technique to study microbial growth

  • Investigating activity within cells

  • Investigating animal behaviours

  • Investigating distributions of species in the environment


These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Entry requirements

A-level Biology builds on the work done in GCSE Science and Maths, so you’ll need good GCSE results from both. Written communication is also important and you’ll need to be a strong writer. If you’re interested in studying Biology after your GCSEs, ask your teacher about the qualifications you’ll need.


The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Alfred School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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