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Biology AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

Course description

'I realise now that I simply did not understand the meaning of life before I studied Biology.' ex-Year 12 student. If you want to develop an awareness of the meaning of life, enjoy learning how life “works”, learning how Biology can help to solve the many problems currently experienced on Earth as a result of socio-economic and political influences - then Biology is for you.

Course content

You will learn about essential biological systems, both those within the individual organism, which allow it to survive, and those governing the role and position of the organism within its environment. You will study human health and disease and the heart and mammalian transport systems. The utilisation of energy is of paramount importance in living systems and this thread runs through the course. Further study will involve investigation of photosynthesis, population and interactions, genetics, evolution and control, coordination and homoeostasis. By the end of Year 12 you will have gained a greater understanding of biological facts and principles, together with an increased awareness of current developments in the subject and greater expertise in practical work. The course is demanding and challenging - you will be expected to handle and interpret data and to present facts and ideas clearly and logically in essays.    

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level. For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement. It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.


AssessmentFor an AS award you will complete three modules which will be examined by short theory papers and a practical examination. For an A Level award you will complete a further three modules consisting of two theory papers, a synoptic paper and a practical examination.

Future opportunities

Career pathsBiology is an excellent foundation for a degree course in for example, biology, environmental science, medicine, veterinary sciences, nursing or pharmacy or for employment in any related field as well as resource management/utilisation, health related programmes, scientific research or in the commercial/industrial exploitation of biological systems e.g. food management.

Further information

Quotes from our Ofsted Report 2003 ‘Students achieve well’‘Teaching is good’‘Student’s attitudes are good’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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