In the Sixth Form there is the opportunity to continue studying Biology at both Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A2) levels.

The Advanced Subsidiary is assessed at a standard between GCSE and A-level and can be taken as a stand-alone subject at the end of the Lower VI or as the first part of the full A level course.

The introduction of the new AS levels provides a marvellous opportunity for many students to extend their Science studies beyond GCSE and so broaden their education. In the past, students may have been unsure whether they wanted to embark on a science A level. Now the student has the opportunity to take the subject to AS level and hopefully find it rewarding enough to continue to the full A level.

All three Science subjects are modular courses. This involves a considerable amount of practical work where students are encouraged to develop their existing skills further. The skills which will be assessed are planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating.

The Biology specification which we have chosen has a bias towards Human Biology, which we hope that students will both enjoy studying and achieve sound grades.

The topics of study include the following:

AS level

  • Cells and Molecules
  • Exchange and Transport
  • Biodiversity
  • Food and Health 

A2 level

  • Communication
  • Homeostasis
  • Control
  • Energy

Biology is a fascinating subject. It does involve a lot of factual learning, use of specialised vocabulary, ability to interpret data and to think independently. It also requires a high level of commitment and hard work, but if you can offer these you will find it very rewarding and enjoyable. There will be at least one field trip each year to support work in school. and at A2 level a field course is undertaken in the Michaelmas term.

(N.B. Neither of these courses involves any compulsory dissection of animal material).

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