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A2 Biology (H420) at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School

Course description

A Level Course Outline :
The content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology
1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination
1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
2.1.1 Cell structure
2.1.2 Biological molecules
2.1.3 Nucleotides and nucleic acids
2.1.4 Enzymes
2.1.5 Biological membranes
2.1.6 Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport
3.1.1 Exchange surfaces
3.1.2 Transport in animals
3.1.3 Transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
4.1.1 Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
4.2.1 Biodiversity
4.2.2 Classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
5.1.1 Communication and homeostasis
5.1.2 Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
5.1.3 Neuronal communication
5.1.4 Hormonal communication
5.1.5 Plant and animal responses
5.2.1 Photosynthesis
5.2.2 Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
6.1.1 Cellular control
6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance
6.1.3 Manipulating genomes
6.2.1 Cloning and biotechnology
6.3.1 Ecosystems
6.3.2 Populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

Average Grade BB or above in GCSE Core and Additional Science (or a Grade B or above in GCSE Science: Biology). A Grade B or above in English and a Grade B or above in Mathematics.


Lessons involve a mixture of theory and practical activities. A commitment to discussion and study time outside lessons is essential for success in this course.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Biology you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Biology or one of the other sciences or related subjects, work in science-based industry such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or organisations which are obliged to have a concern for the environment. It is helpful for the medical field, pharmacy and environmental science. Biology is also a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions, as success within this field requires good analytical and data processing skills and the ability to express ideas clearly in written English. Our students go on to a wide range of professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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    • Welcome to our Sixth Form at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School.  I hope that you will enjoy reading our prospectus.  It will give you a flavour of what we offer, but we hope that you will come and meet our students and staff so that you can get a real sense of what the QE Sixth Form offers.
      The school and the Sixth Form were inspected by Ofsted in March 2014 and I was pleased that the Sixth Form was judged to be ‘good’ and a strength of the school.  We are proud to be a comprehensive Sixth Form and proud of the progress that our pupils make, irrespective of their prior attainment at GCSE.
      This means that pupils who have done well at GCSE are likely to achieve very high grades, whilst pupils who have done less well can also flourish, provided they are prepared to work hard. We do not have such high proportions of top grades as selective schools and Sixth Form colleges because we admit a wide range of students. Able students achieve very well, but girls who did less well at GCSE still achieve success at A level. This is reflected in the very high ‘value added’ measures achieved consistently year after year.
      Our priorities are:

      • High achievement for all.
      • Enabling every student to fulfil her potential.
      • Development of self-confidence and the personal and teamwork skills which will enable each individual to succeed in all aspects of 21st Century life.

      Our success in this is reflected in the school’s strong examination results.  Most of our students go on to university and the destinations list is impressive.  Ofsted confirmed that attainment is good.  Students are also supported to pursue other routes which are increasingly available in today’s workplace such as modern apprenticeships.  Students across the ability range achieve considerable success in our Sixth Form and our value added outcomes have been ‘outstanding’ for well over 10 years which few schools in the country can equal.
      This is helped by outstanding teaching, pastoral support and guidance on higher education and careers. There is an ethos of hard work and achievement, but students enjoy their time in the Sixth Form and contribute much to enrich school life for the whole community.
      QEGS Sixth Form exists to cater for the diverse needs of students entering post-16 education.

      We aim:

      • To provide a wide range of courses to meet your needs.
      • To provide individual support and guidance to ensure each and every one of you takes full advantage of the rich educational and social opportunities on offer.
      • To enable you to develop as independent, confident and responsible adults, qualified and equipped for your chosen career.
      • To provide guidance and support to enable you to progress to the university of your choice.

      Always remember that Sixth Form courses are intended to give you more career and educational options when you finish than you had at the start of the course.  BUT you will not improve your level of achievement without hard work!