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Biology AS/A2 Level at Woodlands School

Course description


What is Biology ?  It is different t o each and every one of us.

Biology is the subject of life; it is how our body functions and how organisms interact with their environment. Biology looks into the Microscopic detail of how we are made, at animal behaviour and disease epidemiology.

A Biology A Level is a good foundation for a variety of jobs such as Medicine, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology, Environmental Health, Pharmacy and Psychology. You could be involved in research into disease, forensic science, crop improvement or conserving endangered species. Biology also develops transferable skills that could lead into Science journalism, wildlife photography and broadcasting, or non-science subjects such as Business and Law.

Course content


AS course content:

F211- Cells, exchange and transport

F212- Molecules, biodiversity, food and health

F213- Practical tasks


A2 course content:

F214- Communication, homeostasis and energy

 F215- Control, genomes and environment

F216- Practical tasks

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirement is 2 grade Bs in Science at GCSE and a grade B in Mathematics at GCSE.



There are four assessment units to be completed during the two years. The first two will constitute the AS Level and will be completed in Y12 and the second two in Y13. There are also two practical units to complete, one in AS and the other in A2. These include three practical skill assessments which examine your qualitative and quantitative experimentation and the ability analyse and evaluate the data from the practical.

This equates to 20% of the A Level. In A2 one of practical tasks will involve a week’s residential course, where we study different habitats, collect, identify and classify different organisms and carry out some statistical analysis and trends.

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodlands School directly.

Last updated date: 13 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years