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Biology A2 level at Wren Academy

Course description

Biology is traditionally one of the most popular A level subjects. Students study a range of exciting topics which cover the science behind life itself. These range from how molecules behave within a single cell to the complex series of interactions which make up entire ecosystems. Biology is a rapidly developing science relevant to student’s lives which frequently covers subjects in the news headlines. Many students choose Biology in combination with other science subjects, maths or geography. It is also a popular stand alone choice due to the subject material and the transferable nature of the skills taught.

Course content

Topics:

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

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

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Students will need to gain two A grades either in double award or separate sciences (including Biology) at GCSE to pursue this subject at AS and A2 Level. They will also require a B grade in Maths.

Assessment

Students will write three, 2 hours long, exams papers 1, 2 and 3. Paper 1 contributes to 35% of the A level qualification, assesses any content from topics 1to 4 including any relevant practical skills and consists of short, long answer and extended response questions. Paper 2 contributes to 35% of the A level qualification, assesses any content from topics 5 to 8 including any relevant practical skills and consists of short, long answer and comprehension questions. Paper 3 contributes to 30% of the A level qualification, assesses any content from topics 1 to 8 and consists of an essay, structured, practical techniques and critical analysis of experimental data questions.

Teachers will also endorse practical skills based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills not accessible in written exams.

Future opportunities

Many students who study Biology go on to choose a biologically related degree course. These can lead to careers in health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, nursing, zoology or forensic science. The skills taught such as problem solving, research and evaluating are valuable in many professions and life science graduates are in high demand in professions such as computing, accounting or law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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