The Biology Department are so proud of you all. Another awesome year of results.

Those of you that have completed A2 please keep in touch and let the Biology Department know of all your adventures and next steps:

AS students, well done on excellent results, bring on the A2.

Incoming AS students, the Biology Department is looking forward to meeting you all.

The A2 Biology textbook required for AS students currently moving on to A2.

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Book Description

Publication Date: 9 Dec 2008 | ISBN-10: 0435691902 | ISBN-13: 978-0435691905 | Edition: 1

Produced in partnership with OCR for the 2008 OCR A Level Biology specification, this Student Book offers accessible and engaging material, and focus on the integration of How Science Works to help students understand the underlying principles of science.

  • OCR Biology terminology is used throughout to ensure students are acquainted with the type of vocabulary used in the exams.
  • Structured in line with the OCR specification with exciting content presented as double page spreads to help students easily assimilate and locate information.
  • Stretch and Challenge sections throughout the book support this part of the specification.
  • Plenty of worked examples and exam-style questions demonstrate how to approach complex questions.
  • Contains learning objectives within the spreads, taken from the specification, as well as questions to test understanding and knowledge.
  • FREE Exam Café CD-ROM, containing an array of student-friendly study, revision and exam preparation tools to support students and enable them to prepare thoroughly for their exams.



The Happy Face Spider

happy face spiderFound only on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii, the happy face spider, such as this one guarding its eggs on a leaf in Maui, is known for the unique patterns that decorate its pale abdomen. Scientists believe Theridion grallator may have developed its distinctive markings to discourage birds from eating it.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Deadly Silk: Spiderwebs,” August 2001, National Geographic magazine)

Can one be immortal?


The Hydra is a tiny animal that can be found in just about any freshwater pond, just a few millimeters long, that has attracted the attention of scientists for years now due to its extraordinary regenerative abilities. The Hydra is considered to be biologically immortal – it does not die from old age – although a scientific consensus has yet to be reached. Scientists studying the polyp Hydra claim they now know how the creature escapes senescence after they found a key gene. This gene is also believed to be linked with aging in humans.

The animal’s potential immortality is made possible by its reproductive system. The Hydra is an asexual being and doesn’t mate, instead it reproduces by producing buds in the body wall, which grow to be miniature adults and simply break away when they are mature. Popular scientific consensus has found that animals that reproduce later on and less frequently tend to live longer. The Hydra, however, begins to reproduce almost immediately.

“We can do science, and with it, we can improve our lives…” Carl Sagan


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