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Biology A level at Woking College

Course description

This course is designed to follow on from the popular AQA GCSE Science courses. Your studies will be well supported by a wide variety of teaching and learning materials, including numerous online resources. The first year of the course focuses on the core biological principles of cells, biological molecules and genetics. The second year addresses ecology, evolution and the various ways that organisms sense and interact with their environment. Practical work is assessed throughout the course and will help you develop valuable skills in laboratory techniques and data analysis. Biology requires strong analysis and communication skills.

Course content

Component 1 – Examination: Paper 1 (2 hours - 35%)

  • Section A: Biological molecules
  • Section B: Cells
  • Section C: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Section D: Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms

Component 2 – Examination: Paper 2 (2 hours - 35%)

  • Section A: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Section B: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Section C: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Section D: The control of gene expression

Component 3 – Examination: Paper 3 (2 hours - 30%)

  • Section A: Questions on all topics

Entry requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+) including at least grade 6+ in Mathematics and grade B+ in either Biology or Double Science.


Examination = 100%

Future opportunities

A Level Biology gives an excellent foundation for any life science or medical-related courses at university. Employers regard Biology students as clear thinkers and communicators with a capacity for understanding detail. There are many opportunities for biology-related employment in public health, medical, veterinary laboratory work, forensic science, the NHS, and the scientific Civil Service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woking College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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