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Biology at Brighouse High School

Course description

Biology is a fascinating subject. This course covers many different areas of Biology so you can start to understand the amazing diversity and complexity of life.  Both the AS and A-level courses cover topics ranging from biological molecules to the environment around us. The course contains significant sections on human biology, plant biology, ecology, genetics and gene technology. All of the theory has a relevance to the world around us, whether it is the functioning of our own bodies or new technologies being used in genetic modification.

A practical endorsement will be assessed by teachers; students will be expected to develop and demonstrate competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. Students will achieve a pass or fail in this area which will appear on their qualification certificate. This assessment will not contribute to their overall grade. Other practical skills will be assessed in exams.

Course content

Year 12 Course Content

1 Biological molecules

  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • DNA

2 Cells

  • Observing cells
  • Cell structure
  • Cell division
  • Transport across membranes
  • Cell recognition

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

  • Gas exchange
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Mass transport

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

  • DNA and chromosomes
  • Protein synthesis
  • Meiosis
  • Mutations
  • Biodiversity


Year 13 Course Content

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Energy and ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycles

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

  • Nervous system
  • Control of heart rate
  • Muscles
  • Homeostasis

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

  • Inheritance
  • Populations in ecosystems
  • Evolution
  • Speciation

8 The control of gene expression

  • Genes and protein synthesis
  • Genomes
  • Gene technology
  • Genetic fingerprinting

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C including Mathematics and English language.

 A minimum of a grade B is required in triple sciences or a B grade in core science and a grade B in additional science.


Assessment: 4 exams at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018.

 This is a two year linear course.  The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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