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Biology A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting
students studying a wide range of other subjects. It is a challenging course that
provides students with a broad scientific understanding. The course allows
students to take responsibility for their own learning, evaluate data and develop
practical, written and communication skills.  Most students go on to study degree
courses in Biomedical or other Health related Sciences.

Course content

The A Level Biology course is composed of 8 units of work:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Exchange of substances with their environment
  • Genetic information and variation
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • How organisms respond to their internal and external environments
  • Populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Students will be assessed on their practical skills over the 2 years and will be awarded a practical skills endorsement at the end of Year 13, if they reach the required standard.

Students are also assessed at the end of Year 13 by 3 written exams, each of which is 2 hours long. The papers consist of a mixture of short and long answer questions, data analysis and essay questions.

Entry requirements

In order to cope with the demands of the course, students should have gained at least grade 6 in Biology or Additional Science at GCSE and preferably a grade 6 in English and Maths.

Future opportunities

This course will provide a sound basis for those who want to go on to study Biology, Biochemical Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science to degree level.

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: 01 November 2017
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