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Biology A Level at Sandhurst School

Course description

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country and students who take this subject will study a wide range of exciting topics ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro organisms to human beings. The course helps students develop a number of skills:

  • A critical awareness of current social and environmental issues and an understanding and respect for living things
  • Analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills
  • Practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate data
  • Communication and team work skills

Course content

We follow the AQA exam board for A Level biology.

In the first year of the course, students investigate topics including the cause of disease, enzymes, the heart and the lungs, DNA, biodiversity, genetic diversity and cell structure.

In the second year, examples of topics to be studied are populations, photosynthesis, respiration, nutrients cycles, inheritance and selection, energy and ecosystems, succession, coordination, homeostasis and DNA technology.

Entry requirements

A minimum grade 6 in GCSE biology or GCSE science. A good pass in GCSE mathematics.

Future opportunities

Students who take biology at A Level go on to study a wide range of subjects at university including zoology, marine biology, forensic science and environmental science. Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry and nursing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years