Heathcote School Home Page Heathcote School Information Heathcote School News Students Subjects Extra Curricular Post-16 Engineering News Web Links Contact Heathcote School

Subjects > Science

Course Description

If you have enjoyed the Biology modules at GCSE then you may like to consider the AS/A2 Biology course.  It expands on areas covered at GCSE and introduces some new topics.
AS:  you will complete three units


Cell, Exchange and Transport



Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health



Practical Skills in Biology 1


A2:  if you continue you will complete a further three units


Communication, Homeostasis and Energy



Control, Genomes and Environment



Practical Skills in Biology 2


The course will give you a thorough background in theoretical and practical Biology.  A variety of teaching styles will be used including discussion, practical work, written assignments and use of IT resources.  There will be an opportunity to take part in Biology field work to enhance the work completed in lessons and gather results for analysis in Internal Assessment.

Method of Assessment

At both AS and A2 there are two examinations, one in January and one in June.  The written exams have a common format consisting of structured short answer questions and extended questions that require longer, more detailed essay-type answers.  There is a common focus of application of knowledge in both papers.  We recommend as a requirement for this course, students obtain a B grade at GCSE Science, Additional Science and a C grade in English and Maths.


Biology is useful in a wide range of careers including medical and laboratory work.  Technical jobs in the textiles, cosmetic and chemical industries can also require a sound knowledge of biological concepts.  Many areas of higher education involve Biology including Geology, Meteorology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Environmental Science.

 Member of staff to contact:

Mrs C Matthews, Heathcote


Related Documents
Science Homepage
The Heathcote School | Shephall Green, Stevenage, SG2 9XT The Heathcote School :: Specialist Engineering College