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Biology A Level at The King's School

Course description

Biology looks at how living organisms, both animals (including humans) and plants, function and interrelate. Much of the work involves many of the new developments in genetics and biotechnology. It should not be studied in isolation. Biology should be
related, in a wider sense, to the needs of people. Relevant and important aspects of modern life are stressed, including those of a personal, social, environmental, economic and technological nature.

Course content

Unit 1
Biological molecules, carbohydrates lipids, proteins, enzymes, DNA and ATP

Unit 2
Cells, cell structure (plants, animals, fungus, bacterial cells and structure of viruses
Unit 3
Organisms, exchange substances with their environment
Unit 4
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Unit 5
Energy transfers in and between organisms
Unit 6
Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment

Unit 7
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Unit 8
The control of Gene Expression

Entry requirements

The minimum grade entry requirement is 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above to include Grade 4 or better in English and Maths. Grade 5/6 in GCSE Biology or 5/6 in dual Science GCSE.


Paper 1: Units 1 - 4 (2hrs) (35%)
Paper 2: Units 5 - 8 (2hrs) (35%)
Paper 3: Any content from Units 1 - 8 (2hrs) (30%)
Practical Assessment: Internally Assessed Note: A level grades are based only on results from the written exams.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 January 2018

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