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Biology A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

Study a fascinating topic, delve into the living environment, and climb the building blocks of life for a career in science. We believe that Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject and you will be provided with numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip yourself with the essential practical skills you need.

This is a fundamental course for progression on to scientific and medical subjects at university. You will study all living creatures, animals and plants, and discover how these work and interact in an ecosystem. If you are interested in medicine or veterinary science it is a must-have course.

Course content

In the first year you will study four topics. Initially you will study biological molecules which form the building blocks of all cells. You will then study the ways cells combine to form tissues, organs and organ systems and how they maintain life. Finally you will study how genetic differences between organism’s affects how they interact with the environment and you will learn practical techniques to measure these factors. 


3.1 Biological molecules
3.2 Cells
3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
3.4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

In the second year you will study at a higher level and in a greater depth than in the first year. The first topic focuses on the flow of energy through ecosystems and how humans can manipulate this through applying scientific principles to food production. The second half of the course looks in detail into genetics and the numerous techniques of how gene technologies are applied to living organisms.


3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
3.7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
3.8 The control of gene expression

Mathematics emphasis is 20%.

Practical emphasis is 15%.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C in GCSE English Language.

A minimum of a grade B in either GCSE Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a double B in General Science. A minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics, a BTEC Level 2 Distinction may qualify.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2015, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2016 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.


There will be three exams at the end testing the knowledge and skills that you have acquired over the two year course. Now more than ever there is an emphasis on practical and mathematic based skills. A Level Mathematics is essential in order to meet the large mathematics requirement of the new examination paper.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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