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Biology A2 at Swinton Academy

Course description

The aim of this course is to develop essential knowledge and understanding of Biological concepts, Scientific methods used in this area of science and an awareness of recent advances in technology. This will be in the context of studying many organisms, their components, maintenance and interactions with each other and their environment.

Students will take part in a residential visit to Scarborough in AS which will  give them the opportunity to develop a wide range of field skills, subject knowledge and investigative techniques used for the  internal assessment element.

In A2 students will take part in a study of animal behaviour at Chester Zoo.



Course content


· Communication, homeostasis and energy

· Control, genomes and the environment

· Practical skills in Biology

Entry requirements

AS Biology

At least a B grade in Core and Additional Science or B grades in the Separate Sciences.


The course is divided into two years (AS and A2), and completion of both leads to an ‘A’ level qualification. The AS course consists of two modules, which are assessed by written exams on in January and one in June. Plus a practical module which is internally assessed and accounts for 20% of the AS.

The A2 Course also consists of 2 modules which are to be assessed by written exams plus a practical module which is internally assessed and accounts for 10% of the total A-level.

The AS and A2 each contribute 50% of the total A-level.

Financial information

There may be some costs due to field trips, this may be refunded is students meet the bursary criteria

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study biology related courses at degree level and beyond at university. The following courses are typical of the variety of biology-related courses available for study by Biology students:


Veterinary Science








Environmental Biology




Sports Science/Health

Forensic Science


Biomedical Science

Other students use Biology as a valuable and interesting subject to take them on to a variety of courses including:






The skills developed during the Biology course are transferable and are highly valued by employers. This will enable students to successfully enter a wide variety of careers.


Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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