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Biology A Level (OCR) at The High School for Girls

Course description

Biology is an exciting, challenging and rewarding subject to study. Not only do students learn about the body, plants and ecology, but they will be kept up-to-date with the latest developments in gene and biotechnology. Students have two enthusiastic Biology teachers who cover the specification between them. They explain topics using animations, models, microscopy, dissections, role-plays and DVDs. Students are expected to be highly motivated and able to learn independently, for example by pre-learning some material or preparing presentations on a specific topic. Students’ learning and understanding is tested using end-of-topic tests, past exam questions, revision activities and practical assessments. Excellent preparation is provided for future careers in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry.

Course content

Modules: Development of practical skills in Biology; foundation in Biology; exchange and transport; biodiversity, evolution and disease; communication, homeostasis and energy; genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved Grade As in Core and Additional Science, or Grade A in Biology. Modular results may be considered in exceptional cases.

Future opportunities

Studying Biology can lead students into a variety of careers: medical, forensic, dentistry, veterinary, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food sciences, biotechnology, genetics, environmental sciences and conservation.

Further information

Students are given the opportunity to take part in the Biology Olympiad during Y13 and can also attend STEM club during lunchtimes. There is also a thriving Medics Society run by students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years