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Biology A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

Biology is the study of living things. This subject covers a wide and diverse area ranging from Molecular Biology to Ecology.

Course content

Year 13 Units
Module 5: Communication, homeostasis & energy
5.1.1 Communication & homeostasis
5.1.2 Excretion
5.1.3 Neuronal communication
5.1.4 Hormonal communication
5.1.5 Plant & animal responses
5.2.1 Photosynthesis
5.2.2 Respiration
Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
6.1.1 Cellular control
6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance
6.1.3 Manipulating genomes
6.2.1 Cloning & biotechnology
6.3.1 Ecosystems
6.3.2 Populations and sustainability
Practical Assessment Grade : (PAG)
A number of practicals will be undertaken throughout the two years to build up skills that will be recognised with a PAG.
?? Unit F216 Practical Skills in Biology 2 (Practical tasks – 10% of overall GCE)
? This unit assesses practical and investigative skills developed within contexts encountered during A2 Biology.


Homework tasks will be set regularly, and students are expected to follow up each lesson topic with further work as necessary.
Regular EBAS tests will be undertaken. One homework per week will be to plan and make notes for the next week’s lesson

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.