Why study Biology?

Biology is an exciting branch of science concerned with all living things. The course aims to deepen your knowledge of areas including disease and the immune system, introduce you to new areas like biochemistry and animal behaviour, and enhance your practical and analytical laboratory skills. 

Biology is a deep and relevant science; as such, the A-level is a great course for those wishing to pursue scientific careers as well as those who wish to have a more rounded set of subjects in year 12 or 13. We sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us and that we can help you to achieve your goals.

Course Requirements
    Compulsory requirements:
    • 5A*-C GCSE grades, including an B in English Language and an B in Maths
    • Double Science BB or Triple Science BBB
    Personal attributes
    • Proven commitment and drive to succeed.
    • Keen interest in biology.
    Course Outline
      AS Biology (Year 12)
      Unit 1: Biology and Disease
      Cell biology
      Human Anatomy and Physiology: the heart, lungs and digestive system

      Unit 2: The Variety of Living Organisms
      Molecular Biology 1: genetics
      Haematology (blood science)
      Comparative Physiology
      Ecology 1: Diversity, Variation and Classification

      Unit 3: ISA for AS Level
      Practical Skills

      A2 Biology (Year 13)
      Unit 4: Population and Environment
      Metabolic Pathways 1: Respiration
      Metabolic Pathways 2: Photosynthesis
      Nutrient cycles and Food production
      Ecology 2: Population ecology

      Unit 5: Control in Cells and Organisms
      Control systems 1: The nervous system
      Control systems 2: Homeostasis
      Molecular biology 2: Biotechnology (cloning, genetic modification)

      Unit 6: ISA for A Level
      Practical Skills
      Field work (field trip)

      How the Course is Assessed
        Written exams in June of each year.
        Practical skills assessment by course tutors

        Links to Careers
          Biology can lead directly to university courses and careers such as medicine, vetinary medicine, bioengineering, sports science, physiology, biomedical science, clinical science, genetics and clinical research and development.

          Links to University

          Various biological science courses available at a variety of HEI such as human biology, biomedical science, microbiology, genetics, genomics, protomics, physiology and pharmacology leading to BSc degrees and beyond.

          Syllabus: AS/A2 Biology
          Examination Board: WJEC
          More Information: Ms J Glover -
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