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A-Level Biology at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Biology at Winstanley?

The course revisits many of the topics from GCSE, but now the cells are magnified to reveal more detail - enzymes are understood by their chemistry and diseases are described in all their complexity, from molecules to cells, to organs to human behaviour!

How we support your learning

Every student’s learning is supported by a textbook, custom-made work booklets, the Moodle site with electronic resources to download, regular class tests and, most importantly, individual support from enthusiastic and expert teachers.

What will Biology lessons be like?

Biology students spend the majority of their time being taught in our brand new Science@Winstanley building and dedicated laboratories. Lessons are a mixture of teacher-led discussions and activities, question and answer, exam practice and some group work. The department is committed to students experiencing practical work and our labs and equipment mean you will carry out practical work at every opportunity where it would advance your learning.


Throughout the year, students can extend their biological knowledge through specific activities organised by the Biology Society.  These include visits to local scientific attractions, practical work and listening to guest speakers.  Students also have the opportunity to apply for a Nuffield Science Bursary, compete in the Society of Biology’s Annual Biology Olympiad and join us on our annual science trip abroad!

Each summer, the Biology Department is at the heart of the Winstanley College Careers Day. Our students get the opportunity to meet visiting speakers from universities and industry to hear about the latest discoveries in biological research. The conference also includes talks about jobs and career paths by science/health professionals – including doctors, vets and physiotherapists – which is a valuable experience for our students preparing to make university career choices.

What will I study?

You will recognise most of the topics in the Biology course from GCSE, and will now explore them in much greater depth and detail. These topics include Cell Biology, Gas Exchange and Breathing, Transport in Animals and Plants, Biochemistry, Enzymes, Health and Disease, and Ecology & Conservation. We recommend this course for students who have a particular interest in science and hope to go on to study science related degrees such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary science.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years