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Biology AS/A Level at Croesyceiliog School

Course description

Biology provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics.  These range from the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues including mans influence on the environment and the ethical considerations of

The study of biology therefore encourages an appreciation of these issues and their implications as well as providing an insight into the living world.

The WJEC specification is intended to define a body of knowledge and skills which is considered essential to the study of biology at this level. It provides a broad view of all the major aspects of the subject and an appreciation of their interdependence. The breadth of study and updated content will enable the implications of modern biology to be appreciated and the importance of the role of these studies in understanding environmental, ethical and social issues and their implications. An understanding of scientific method as the means by which the body of scientific knowledge is increased and an enquiring and critical approach is to be fostered, including an awareness that different perceptions, predictions and interpretations may be applied according to context.

The practical work serves to illustrate and to promote an investigatory approach.
It is intended that the use of a variety of approaches will stimulate interests, promote understanding and engender an overall appreciation and sense of wonder at the living world.

The broad objectives therefore are:

  • To provide a broad factual base and skills;
  • To stimulate an interest in the subject;
  • To facilitate a critical appreciation of issues arising from the subject.

Course content

BI 1 Fundamental concepts and organisation
BI 2 Adaptions and Ecology
BI 3 Practical Work (AS)
BI 4 Biochemistry and Health

BI 5 Variety and Control
BI 6 Practical Work (A2)

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 5 A* to C grades.
  • A minimum of a grade C in Maths and English.
  • A grade B in Biology/Science at GCSE.
  • Skills of analysis and communication.

Future opportunities

A biology ‘A’ level will prove most valuable for students considering a career in any of the following fields: medicine, pharmacy, nursing, microbiology, biochemistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, optometry, ophthalmology, agriculture, forestry, technical laboratory work, biotechnology, food industry, water authorities, forensic science, genetics and many kinds of activities related to the care of the environment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years