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A Level Biology at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Biology is an interesting, relevant and conceptually demanding choice at A-Level. The course builds upon knowledge gained at GCSE and looks to examine particular principles in more detail. There is a broad range of topic areas over the two years, such as genetic engineering, the immune response, the production of antibiotics and the mechanisms that allow plants to transport water.

The department has developed a more practical emphasis with its curriculum delivery in recent years. The ability to communicate effectively on paper is crucially important, as there will be essay questions on each of the 4 exam unit papers.

The course encourages students to link together principles across the 4 theory units and this synoptic ability is tested during the A2 course. Students will also be expected to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works. Each student will be provided with a course-specific text-book at the beginning of the course and additional support materials will be available on the student network.

Those having difficulties with the course will have an opportunity to attend lunchtime revision sessions before assessments. The course consists of six units, three in each of the AS and A2 years. One of the three at each level of the course is a practical unit with coursework.


Biochemistry and Cell Structure

Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems

AS Biology practical unit


Metabolism, Microbes and Homeostasis

Environment, Genetics Evolution

A2 Biology practical unit

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. This course is suitable for those who have studied GCSE Biology or GCSE Science plus Additional Science. An A grade or better in Biology would be ideal, although B grade candidates will be accepted. Applicants with a minimum of both an A in Science and an A in Additional Science will be accepted. Good GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language are also required. Grade A would be preferred in these subjects, although applicants with grade B will be considered on their merits.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years