Biology A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College
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.
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.
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.