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Biology A Level at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Course description

Have you ever wondered...

  • Why your sister looks like you?
  • How medicines work?
  • What DNA is?
  • Do clones exist?
  • Who Darwin was?

Study A Level Biology A to find out the answers.

A Level Biology A will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology.

It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Biology  highly appealing.

You will learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life.

You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. Key features

  • Simple straightforward assessment through examinations
  • Based on key concepts in biology
  • Opportunities to develop practical skills through a range of experiments and investigations.

Course content

What’s included:

  • Development of practical skills in biology
  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
  • Biodiversity Classification and evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
  • Neuronal communication
  • Hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Ecosystems Populations and sustainability

Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing knowledge, developing competence and confidence in practical skills and developing problem solving.

You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society.


  • Total of six hours assessment split over three examination papers (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the two year course.
  • A wide range of question types including: multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

Future opportunities

  • A Level Biology A is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science, psychology, sociology and many more.
  • A Level Biology A can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law

Further information

To achieve a Practical Endorsement, through a range of experiments, you will become competent in:

  • Following procedures
  • Applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment
  • Working safely
  • Making and recording observations
  • Researching, referencing and reporting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2016
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