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Biology A Level at Newlands Girls' School

Course description

If you plan to study Science or a medically related degree course at University, Biology is considered to be a rigorous course which is very desirable. It is one of the ‘Facilitating subjects’ identified by the Russell Group Universities.This makes it a good choice of subject even if you do not wish to study Science; it is widely accepted that Sciences develop transferrable skills that are very much in demand.
Many of our students go on to study related subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Genetics, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry. Local employers also have a healthy demand for A-Level students who do not wish to go to University. The NHS employs Biologists in a vast range of careers including Nursing.


Course content

At AS you will study ‘Pathogens and Disease’ and ‘Variety of Living Organisms’. Investigative skills are assessed within the examinations on these two modules.
At A Level you will study ‘Populations and Ecosystems’ and ‘Control in Cells and Organisms’. You will learn to use statistical analysis to evaluate results of practicals.
You will develop many transferrable skills such as analysis and forming evidence based conclusions.The specification also covers current methods in DNA analysis, Gene Therapy and Biotechnology.


Entry requirements

You need to have achieved a minimum of grade BB in Double Science GCSE, including B grades in your Biology modules, or a minimum of grade B in Biology GCSE to be considered for this course.
You should have good literacy and numeracy skills as these are crucial to success in Biology. This would be at least a grade C in English Language and Mathematics.



You will sit two examinations at the end of Year 12.
You will sit a further two examinations at the end of Year 13.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years