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Biology A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

Biology at AS and A Level is a stimulating and challenging study of a fast developing subject which is highly relevant in today’s world. Biological topics are constantly in the news in, for example, new discoveries in genetics and biotechnology, medical advances or problems, disappearing species and other ecological issues. A wellinformed citizen should be able to understand the principles behind such issues and evaluate the information on offer.

The AS course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of essential core concepts of Biology and provide a basis for further study. It is an accessible course for those who may not wish to continue their study of Biology beyond AS and also provides a sound basis for further study for those who want to go on to the A Level course. The A Level course builds on the knowledge accrued at AS and covers some new topics to prepare students for any of the wide ranging careers related to Biology. Both courses place emphasis on:

- an understanding of the concepts of Biology
- an understanding and application of scientific methods
- applications of Biology in rapidly developing fields such as biotechnology, medicine, food production and environmental protection.
- the development of skills
- Biology in the ‘real world’ - ‘How Science works’

Course content

You will have the opportunity to learn in a wide variety of ways including discussion, research, problem-solving, use of ICT and the media, visits and lectures, and preparing presentations. Practical work plays a regular and essential part in the learning process.

1 Biological molecules
2 Cells
3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A Level
In addition to 1-4 above:
5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8 The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

B grade in Biology or both Sciences at GCSE.
B grade in Mathematics at GCSE.


Students will be awarded a separate pass/fail endorsement of their practical skills at the end of the AS/A Level course.

2 written examinations based on Sections 1-4
Each lasting 1 hour 30 mins
Each worth 50% of AS

A Level
3 written examinations
Each lasting 2 hours

Paper 1 35%
Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Paper 2 35%
Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills

Paper 3 30%
Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills

Future opportunities

A level Biology can give you access to an everexpanding variety of Biology-related courses leading to careers in biotechnology, microbiology, food science, environmental science, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, drug research, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing, sport science and genetics. A pass in AS or A Level Biology is also a useful supporting qualification for almost any other course as it shows a wide range of analytical, evaluative, communication, practical and “research” skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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