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Biology A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, medical research, nursing, zoology, microbiology or genetics, as well as a wide range of science careers.

An A level in Biology, is also a great choice for anyone with an interest in the subject, who wishes to study it alongside a set of complementary or contrasting subjects.

Course content

Year 1 (Y12)

  • 1 Biological molecules

Biochemistry: Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins and DNA.

  • 2 Cells

Cell structure, Cell Division Processes, the Immune System.

  • 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Gas Exchange in a Variety of Organisms, the Circulatory System, Digestion

  • 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Genes, Protein Synthesis, Taxonomy and Diversity.

Year 2 (Y13)

  • 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

Photosynthesis, Respiration, Ecosystems and Nutrient Cycles.

  • 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

Nerves, Muscles and Homeostasis

  • 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

Inheritance, Populations and Evolution

  • 8 The control of gene expression

Mutations, Gene Technology and Control of Gene Expression


A Level content is assessed through two 120-minute exams covering topics 1-4 (Y12) and 5-8 (Y13), plus the associated practical skills from the 12 required practical lessons in the course. The third exam covers data analysis and extended writing, featuring a choice of two essays.

Entry requirements

- At Wyke all students receive a face to face application interview to the College before their GCSE results
and also a face to face enrolment interview following their GCSE results – therefore individual’s unique
circumstances can be considered – the criteria presented are for automatic enrolment only.
- Grade 5 in GCSE is seen as a good grade C
- For A level courses it is expected that students will achieve grade 5 or higher in English and Maths GCSE (by
2019 it is likely that many universities will require achievement at this level).
- Any student not achieving at least a 4 in Maths is required to resit this course
- In addition to an English and Maths GCSE a minimum of 3 other GCSE subjects at grade C or above are
required for level 3 study
- Each level 3 courses has individual entry requirements which are detailed
- Vocational courses at level 3 can be accessed with grade 4 in GCSE English
- Vocational level 2 courses are considered only for progression within that vocational subject area 

Future opportunities

Having A-level Biology can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study biology, zoology, ecology, animal science, marine biology, life sciences, medicine, environmental science, forensic science or any other subject related to the natural world, then A-level Biology is essential, with many other courses preferring Biology at either AS or A-level.

Possible career choices that require A-level Biology include: biological testing, biotechnology, independent research, food industry jobs, nutrition, medicine, doctor, nurse, veterinarian, zoologist, zookeeper, animal care, veterinary nurse, scientist, amongst a huge range of others. In fact, having an A-level in Biology will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, as it is a great qualification to have.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016

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