Biology is a subject that encompasses a multitude of skills and scientific concepts. It is ideal in combination with other scientifically based subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Maths and it adds breadth to a range of other subjects like Geography and Psychology. Biology A Level is essential if you wish to study any biologically based subject at university. In order to study AS Level Biology, pupils need to achieve at least grade 7-7 in GCSE Science (Trilogy) or GCSE Biology at grade 7 and GCSE Chemistry at grade 6.  A good grade in GCSE English and Mathematics usually indicates students who are likely to do well.

  • We provide a supportive environment to help you to reach your full potential
  • We have unrivalled modern laboratories and very small class sizes
  • We offer one-to-one support sessions and additional group help sessions
  • We offer a variety of extension projects, including the Biology Olympiad and field trips to Study Biodiversity
  • We use our wonderful grounds to extend classroom learning 

In Year 12 students study four modules. These build on the topics studied at GCSE. The lessons involve a number of teaching styles:

  • Theory lessons 
  • Class discussions  
  • A large amount of Practical work – students are awarded a practical endorsement at the end of two years.  This is separate to their A Level grade. 
  • Field trips 
  • Independent learning & research

Many of our students go on to study biology related courses at university. An increasing number of students each year are successful in obtaining places on highly competitive courses at Oxford, Cambridge and Russell group universities. The following courses are typical of the variety of biology related courses taken up by our Biology students: Medicine, Biological Sciences, Sports Science/Health, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Dentistry, Microbiology, Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Natural Science and Veterinary Science.

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About Hampshire Collegiate School

Hampshire Collegiate School near Romsey is an independent school for boys and girls 2–18. Our 130 acre site – once home to Florence Nightingale – includes beautiful Grade II listed woodland gardens, sports pitches and educational facilities. We combine an ‘academic ambition’ programme with development of a wide range of skills and interests for every pupil.

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