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Biology at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

Option Blocks: C and D

A Level Biology covers almost everything giving students an excellent foundation. Physiology Fieldwork Lectures Ecology Microscopy Visits Genetics Drawing Revision courses Biochemistry Experimental work Presentation

A Level Biology has something for everyone. We currently over 100 students take Biology at A Level. It is a fascinating subject not least because of the huge variety of experiences and subject matter it incorporates. Biology teaches all kinds of personal and academic skills which are transferable to a wide range of university courses and careers, e.g. communication skills, problem solving and team work.

Students wishing to study sciences at university are advised to take at least one other science subject, e.g. chemistry. For environmental subjects geography and biology make a good combination. Biology and PE are often recommended for Sports Science. Many students wishing to study Law use Biology to widen their academic studies as some university departments encourage a mixture of arts and science subjects at A Level. There are countless combinations. Advice - If you enjoy Biology - and you will enjoy it - take it.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Biology and Disease - 60 marks/100 UMS, 33% AS

Unit 2 - The Variety of Life - 85 marks/140 UMS, 47% AS

Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills - 50 marks/60 UMS, 20% AS

This total 50% of the final A2 qualification.

A2 Level

Unit 4 - Populations and Environment - 75 marks/100 UMS, 17% A2

Unit 5 - Control in Cells and Organisms - 100 marks/140 UMS, 23% A2

Unit 6 - Investigative and Practical Skills - 60 marks/60 UMS, 10%

Entry requirements

B or above in GCSE Biology or BB or above in GCSE Science plus a C or above in GCSE Maths

To progress to Year 13 a grade D or above is needed at AS


Module 1: 7 short answer questions, 2 longer questions (1hour, 15 mins)

Module 2: 7 short answer questions, 2 How Science Works, Data Analysis (1hour, 45 mins)

Module 3: Coursework. Best of 2 investigations

Module 4: 9 short answer questions, 2 longer questions (1hour, 30 mins)

Module 5: 8 short answer questions, 2 longer data questions, 1 synoptic essay (2hours, 15 mins)

Module 6: Coursework. Best of 2 investigations

Future opportunities

The course is a suitable preparation for biological studies in higher and other educational establishments and for professional courses. The course performs a useful educational function as well as providing opportunities for an appreciation of the social, moral and ethical complexities of many current biological issues.

Students that have taken Biology have gone on to study medicine, vetinary science, physio therapy, biomedical science, forensic science as well as other courses such as law, sport science and fine art/illustration.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2012
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year