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A Level Biology at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

The Biology course offers students the opportunity to study a wide range of interesting topics, from the intricate details of cell structure and biochemistry to entire ecosystems. Animals, plants and micro-organisms are all considered in terms of the workings of their cells, evolution, genetics, behaviour and how they can be used to benefit humankind through biotechnology. Current concerns about human impact on the Earth are examined along with the challenges of maintaining bio-diversity and sustainably managing the environment.

Course content

We will ensure that you cover all the theory required in the syllabus so that you can prepare for your unit tests with confidence. In addition you will have every opportunity to develop your practical skills. You will be involved in a range of activities including: individual and group assignments; practical investigations; seminars; tutorials and lectures; videos and computer software. Group assignment work will involve presentations on the results of experiments you have done or research you have carried out.

Students will also be required to take part in field studies: for AS this is likely to consist of one day studying sampling techniques. Students continuing to A2 will take part in a short residential fieldtrip.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the standard 6th Form entry criteria.  Students should preferably have an A grade (or above) in the associated GCSE single science. Students who have a GCSE double science qualification should have an A grade (or above), although those with a high B grade will be considered.


Assessment will consist of written exams and the internal assessment of practical skills.

Future opportunities

The range of courses and work opportunities involving biology is vast and includes: veterinary science, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, sport science, psychology, pharmacy, biotechnology, zoology, marine biology, plant and animal science, cosmetics, forestry, agriculture, environmental science and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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