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Biology A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

The most amazing thing in the Universe is the existence of life! So, what could be more interesting than the study of living things and what makes them tick? Studying Biology will allow you to understand what organisms are made of, how cells work together and carry out the living processes of respiration, photosynthesis, excretion, digestion, transport, inheritance and reproduction. You will learn the scientific basis of healthy lifestyles, human disease, growth, development, how organisms interact in the environment and how they evolve to produce new species.

Biology is a fascinating and challenging subject that should appeal to those students with an interest in the scientific study of living things. Many people are fascinated by the human body and much of the course involves the study of humans as organisms at many levels of organisation. The course also involves studying organisms such as viruses and bacteria as well as plants and animals and how they function and interact. ‘New Biology’ topics such as DNA structure and function, genetic engineering and biotechnology also form part of the study of Biology.

Course content

You will develop your practical skills. You will learn about
- Foundations in biology
- Exchange and transport
- Biodiversity, evolution and disease
- Communication, homeostasis and energy
- Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

We recommend that you have at least Grade A in GCSE Biology or Core and Additional Science

Students in the past who have had the minimum recommendations have found AS and A level difficult. However, students with the commitment and motivation can achieve success.


Teaching and learning is very varied in Biology lessons and will include discussions, lectures, practical work, fieldwork, independent research, group work and student presentations. The course covers a wide variety of topics that will prepare you for any Biological Sciences course at University. In previous years students have taken part in activities at Keele University, Chester Zoo and the Peak District.

There are formal written examinations at the end of the course as well as ongoing practical skills assessment, which involves the assessment of practical skills where students must carry out practical work and collect data, process the data.

Future opportunities

A Level Biology forms a good basis for the study of many degrees at University including Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Zoology, Botany, Environmental Sciences, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy and Veterinary Science, Food Science etc.

Studying Biology at A Level would also be useful as a general qualification to support an application to study other unrelated subjects.

A qualification in Biology is a useful stepping stone to a career in Biological Research in industry, Universities or research laboratories, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Animal Care, Horticulture, Teaching and many other areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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