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Biology AS Level at The King's School, Grantham

Course description

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. It looks at the worlds of both plants and animals, including humans, and the greater environment within which they interact and survive. Numerous links can be made between different biological areas, separate branches of the sciences and other curriculum areas, in order to give pupils a relevant and comprehensive appreciation of the subject.

Students must be able to:-

 ·         Describe and explain facts and processes in detail and with accuracy

·         Apply what they have learned.

·         Interpret new information

·         Analyse experimental data

·         Evaluating information


Course content


  • Biological Modules
  • Cell structure
  • Transport across cell membranes
  • Immune System
  • Genetic variation
  • Exchange 
  • Transport

Entry requirements

The school’s Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 30. This is the maximum number of places which will be available in Year 12 for candidates who have attended schools other than The King’s School in Year 11. The criteria for admission to the Sixth Form will be:

  1. 6 GCSE passes in different subjects at Grade B or better (to include Maths and English), with Grade B or better in at least 3 subjects to be studied at A Level;
  2. A viable programme of study of either 3 or more GCE AS Level subjects (excluding General Studies) or an Advanced Diploma plus one GCE AS Level subject.

If there are more applicants than places, places will be offered on the basis of overall GCSE performance calculated on a points system where A* = 58 points, A = 52 points, B = 46 points, C = 40 points, D = 34 points, E = 28 points, F = 22 points, G = 16 points, subject to the following:

  1. an applicant must meet the standards outlined in bullet point 1 above.
  2. priority will be given to candidates in the *care of the local authority.

In the event of a tie for the final place the following criterion will apply; distance from **home to school measured in a straight line by Microsoft MapPoint software between the post office address point of the home and the post office address point of the school.

If there are more applicants than places available in a particular AS Level subject, places in that subject will be allocated according to the following criteria in the order shown:

  1. GCSE grade in that subject (where applicable);
  2. Overall GCSE score (in terms of average points per subject entry).


  • Exam style questions
  • Mock exams

Further information


Pens, pencils, rulers, calculator

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King's School, Grantham directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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