Biology AS at The King Alfred School
AS Biology is one year long, with exams at the end.
- Topics studied during AS Biology include:
- Biological molecules
- Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
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.
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.