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Biology AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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Both ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level modular courses aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of the subject, together with an awareness of its social, economic and environmental implications and applications. There is available an ‘AS’ and an ‘A’ level in Biology.  The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) is assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed the first year of study of a two year ‘A’ level course i.e. between GCSE and ‘A’ level.  It forms the first half of the ‘A’ level course in terms of teaching time and content.  When combined with the second half of the ‘A’ level course know as the ‘A2’, the ‘AS’ forms 50% of the assessment of the total ‘A’ level.  However, the ‘AS’ can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification. These courses build on the scientific experience gained during GCSE studies and integrate practical investigations with theory wherever possible. Practical work is an important part of this course.  Students carry out investigations in and around the school laboratories and on a one week residential field course at the beginning of the second year.  This gives them experience in the collection and analysis of Biological data, using statistical tests.  The staff of the biology department encourages students to develop the facility for independent study and the capacity for critical evaluation.  To this end, visits to conferences are arranged, along with the input from visiting lecturers and speakers whenever possible.   Biology complements and supports studies in other subject areas such as chemistry, geography, psychology and sports science. The Biology AS course is composed of three sections:- Module 1 – Foundation BiologyModule 2 – Human Health and DiseaseModule 3 – Assessed coursework              ?Transport (in humans and plants)  The Biology A2 course is composed of three sections:- Module 4 – Central ConceptsModule 5 – Growth, Reproduction and DevelopmentModule 6 – Unifying Concepts (Synoptic content)                  Assessed coursework 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take up this course will be expected to have attained a minimum of a grade BB in Science and a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English.


There will be a 1 hour examination for module 1 and 2 and a 45 minute examination for module 3.There will be a 1½hour examination for modules 4 and 5.There will be a 1¼hour examination for module 6.

Future opportunities

The ‘A’ level course will be very useful to all those wishing to follow careers in such areas as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, nursing, genetics, physiotherapy, biochemistry, microbiology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environmental sciences and food technology.  In past years, many students have continued their studies in Biology or in an applied subject at universities and colleges, with some considerable success.  Indeed you might have seen one of our past students featured on television as ‘he trod the wards’ of Southampton Hospital.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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