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Biology AS/A Level at Boston High School

Course description

background in Biology gives you many skills and increases your career options so you can adapt to the world changing around you. As the study of living things, Biology is clearly of interest to all.  An ‘A’ Level in Biology is an indicator of a good general ability. Many current issues and ‘advances’ in science are Biology‐related, such as clon‐ ing, genetic modification, designer babies, Human Genome Project and global warming. With a qualification in Biology, you can go on to Further or Higher Education to study Biology or one of the other Sciences or related subjects, or work in Science‐based industry, the medical field, or in agriculture. Students are expected to have a genuine interest in the subject and be prepared to be actively involved in their own learning. Good students interact positively with staff in meeting their own individual needs.  The ability to write in a concise and precise manner is important to examination success.  

The A level course consists of 9 periods per fortnight. Teaching time is usually divided between two teaching staff, thus using staff specialisms to the best advantage.  Each week, a minimum of 4 hours Biology work should be done outside lesson time, involving reading, completing written exercises and learning.  

Students will be provided with text books for use at home. These text books have been produced to support this WJEC Educas Specification. Opportunities are given for learning through analysis, interpretation of data and other information, discussion, presentations, independent study and research. All examinations will assess students of core concepts of Biology. These are: chemical elements are joined together to form biological compounds; cell structure and organisation; cell membranes and transport, biological reactions are regulated by enzymes; and nucleic acids and their functions.

Entry requirements

You need to achieve ‐  

- Grade B or higher in double award Science or Biology at GCSE & 5 in Maths

- A genuine interest in the subject Be well motivated and be actively involved in their own learning

- Be willing to contribute fully in class discussions The ability to write in a concise and precise manner


Component 1: Energy for Life. 2 hour written examination, 100 marks available (33.3% of A level)

Component 2: Continuity of Life. 2 hour written examination, 100 marks available. (33.3% A level)

Both Component 1 and Component 2 examination papers are a combination of long and short structured compulsory questions, and assess core concepts.

Component 3: Requirements for Life. 2 hour written examination, 100 marks available. (33.3% A level) Section A: 80 marks are available and it consists of a range of long and short structured compulsory questions based on the compulsory content of this component as well as core components. Section B: 20 marks are available and consists of long and short structured questions from a choice of 1 out of the following 3 options: Immunology and

Future opportunities

Where are your students now?

- Medicine,

- Veterinary Medicine,

- Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Nursing,

- Midwifery, Ophthalmology,

- Dentistry, Biology, Biochemistry,

- Biological Sciences, Environmental Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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