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Biology - A level at Turton High School & Sixth Form College

Course description

We offer EDEXCEL GCE Biology.

The course considers applications which draw on many areas of Biology, and then moves onto the biological concepts underlying the applications.

The emphasis is on up to date, motivating, contemporary contexts of Biology.




Course content

We look at:

Lifestyle factors and health; cell membranes; gas exchange surfaces; DNA structure, protein synthesis; enzymes; genetic inheritance; development of organisms; biodiversity; natural resources; zoos and conservation; photosynthesis; ecosystems; the role of forensic pathologists; bacteria; viruses; the immune system; exercise; respiration; homeostasis; muscle physiology; the nervous system; brain functions; ethical issues and much more.

We also visit The Nowgen Centre in Manchester in Year 12.

Nowgen are at the cutting edge of medical cures involving gene technology. There are opportunities for independent and group work throughout the year and opportunities to explore areas that interest you throughout the coursework modules.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Biology as a separate Science.

Alternatively, at least a grade B in both Core and Additional Science.


Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

40% of the AS grade (20% of the A Level grade)

The unit is examined in June of Year 12 and carries 120 marks.


Unit 2: Development, Plants and the Environment

40% of the AS grade (20% of the A Level grade)

The unit is examined in June of Year 12 and carries 120 marks


Unit 3: Practical Biology and Research Skills

20% of the AS grade (10% of the A Level grade)

A written report of between 1500 and 2000 words recording a

visit to a site of biological interest, or of a non-practical research

into a biological topic. This unit carries 60 marks


Unit 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

20% of the A Level grade

The unit is examined in June of year 13 and carries 120 marks.


Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination.

20% of the A Level grade

The unit is examined in June of Year 13 and carries 120 marks.


Unit 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills

10% of the A Level grade

Coursework submission of between 2700 and 3300 words.

The coursework unit accounts for 60 marks

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Future opportunities

Past students have gone on to medicine; dentistry; pharmacy; biomedical sciences; chemical engineering; nursing; environmental sciences; physiotherapy; veterinary science; geographical science; psychology; nutrition; forensic science; orthoptics; optometry; paramedics; surgery; dermatology; and many other areas, including non-scientific studies.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 13 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details


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    • Turton Sixth Form is located on Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.  The college is across the road from Bromley Cross train station, and is on a direct line 8 minutes from Bolton.  Buses from Bradshaw, Sharples, Smithills, Edgworth, Belmont and Astley Bridge regularly run past the school.