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Biology AS/A Level at St Thomas More Catholic School

Course description

Biology is the study of living organisms and their relationship with the physical world. Biology is a science subject, so practical work is an important part of the course.

Course content

  • Module 1 - Biological Molecules
  • Module 2 - Cells
  • Module 3 - Organisms exchange substances with their environments
  • Module 4 - Genetic Information and variation
  • Module 5 - Energy transfer between organisms
  • Module 6 - Organisms responses to internal and external environment.
  • Module 7 - Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Module 8 - The control of Gene expression

What skills will I learn?

The importance of biology in industrial, economic, environmental and social contexts. Carry out standard laboratory procedures involved in analysis and monitoring physiological phenomena. How to safely handle chemical and biological materials, taking into account their physical and environmental importance, including any specific hazards associated with their use. How to plan, design and execute practical investigations, from the problemrecognition stage through to the evaluation and appraisal of results and findings

Entry requirements

Students wishing to join the course will have completed core and additional Science GCSEs and achieved at least grade B and a grade B in the biology exam.


As well as regular informal teacher assessments, there will be three formal assessments at the end of the course. One of those will contain a synoptic essay

Future opportunities

Biology A level is essential for anyone considering a university course in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology and biochemistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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