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AS/A2 Biology at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description


1) Biological molecules: Structure and function of the building blocks of life, including monosaccharide's, DNA & ATP.

2) Cells: The structure of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and how scientists study them.

3) Organisms exchange substances with their environment: Gas exchange, digestion and absorption and mass transport in plants.

4) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms: Cell division, mutations, protein synthesis, adaptations, diversity in environments.

5) Energy transfers in and between organisms: Photosynthesis, respiration, food chains and nutrient cycles

6) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments: Nervous co-ordination and homeostasis.

7) Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems: Inheritance, evolution and ecosystems.

8) The control of gene expression: Transcription, translation, recombinant DNA technology, DNA and cancer and DNA fingerprinting.


Course content

All the teachers at A-Level are very experienced and eager to help with problems. Lessons are all laboratory based with many opportunities to develop practical and investigative skills. There are opportunities to learn in many different ways including presentations to the class, discussions, independent research and group work.


Entry requirements

Grade B pass in Biology GCSE or Grade B in Additional Science at GCSE


Terminal assessments in Year 13

· Paper 1: Topics 1-4

· Paper 2: Topics 5-6

· Paper 3: Topics 1-8


All papers include assessment of practical skills and a range of question types, including extended answers, comprehension, critical analysis and an essay.


Future opportunities

Careers for biologists exist in areas other than medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or farming. Biologist find employment in horticulture, pharmacy, biochemistry, microbiology, brewing and distilling.

For courses in medicine and veterinary science it is not sufficient to be good at Biology, you must excel in all your sciences at A-Level and across the board at GCSE. For medicine some universities require you to take Biology alongside the compulsory Chemistry A-Level.


Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years