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Biology A Level at Writhlington School

Course description

Although we know a lot (but not everything) about individual organisms these do not exist in isolation and understanding how these communities work is one of the forefronts of Biological research. At A level you will learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Course content

Year 12 - Module 1: Practical skills are developed through a range of guided practical activities

Module 2: Understand how sub-cellular structures and biochemistry interact to allow cells in living organisms to function effectively

Module 3: Study the structure and function of gas exchange and transport systems in a range of animals and in terrestrial plants.

Module 4: Learn about the biodiversity of organisms, their classification and the ways in which biodiversity can be measured as well as evolution and phylogeny.

Year 13 - Module 5: Develop understanding of how organisms respond to stimuli by using chemical and/or electrical carriers.

Module 6: investigate the role of genes in regulating and controlling cell function and development together with associated ethical considerations.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE Grade 6 to 9. Students require a GCSE Grade 6 in Maths and English.


At the end of Year 12 you will sit end of year exams, these will not count towards your final results.

There are three final written examinations at A level, two of which are 2 hours 15 minutes long and the third is 1 hour 30 minutes long. Practical skills will be tested in the exams and you will be awarded a pass on your certificate if you successfully complete the practicals and laboratory books.

Future opportunities

Medicine, scientific research (including biotechnology, systems biology, biofuels, stem cells; genetics), sports science, food safety and development, zoology, veterinary science, agriculture, building and industry, ecology, conservation, oceanography, forestry, environmental health, etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017

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