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Biology at Waverley School and Sixth form Centre - a Specialist Humanities College

Course description

This is a two year course for students that have a desire to learn about how living things work. This course provides a smooth transition from GCSE to Advanced Biology.  You will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of Biology, gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills and understand the relevance of Biology beyond the laboratory. 

A-level Biology takes a thematic approach to the subject, looking at principles related to contemporary issues and emphasising factors that affect people's health and how they interact with their environment.

The specification helps students acquire essential knowledge and develop understanding of concepts in Human Biology and How Science Works. It conforms fully to the AS and A-level subject criteria for Biology.

There is a total of six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by written exam and two units assess investigative and practical skills.


Course content

What will I Iearn?
Year 1
AS Biology
3 compulsory units:
1 - Cells, exchange and transport (externally assessed)
2 - Molecules, Biodiversity and Food & Health photons (externally assessed)
3 - Practical Skills in B1 (internally assessed)
Year 2
A2 Biology
3 compulsory units:
1 - Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (externally assessed)
2 - Control, Genomes and Environment (externally assessed)
3 - Practical skills B2

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*- C, including a grade B or above in Sciences (Higher Tier),
English and Maths.

Future opportunities

Biology opens the field for a number of career opportunities. The specification is aimed at students who are considering a career in the health/clinical professions where the Government has identified a significant national skill shortage.  A-level Biology is also suitable for people who may not be following the traditional suite of Science subjects and is ideal for progression after GCSE Sciences.

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: 11 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: two years