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A-level Biology at College of West Anglia

Course description

A-level Biology will enable you to enhance your previous scientific study, across both theory and practical sessions.Some of the areas covered include biological molecules, cells exchange and transport and biodiversity. In the second year, you will cover areas including energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment, genetics, populations and evolution systems and control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

You will need 6 or more GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English language and maths, and grade 6 and above in your chosen subjects (where possible).


Various teaching methods are used throughout the course. Practical laboratory sessions are particularly important and the development of investigative skills is fostered. The written examination includes questions on experimental work and handling of data from experiments. All exams are taken at the end of the second year of study. Paper 1 2 hours, 35% of the marks. Short and long response written questions with one extended response question. Paper 2 2 hours, 35% of the marks. Short and long response written questions with one comprehension question. Paper 3 2 hours, 30% of the marks. Structured questions including practical techniques, critical analysis of experimental data and one essay question.

Financial information

If you are under 19 on 31st August in the year you begin your programme, you will not have to pay a course fee; however, there may be additional resources fees and fees for materials, kits and trips. Please visit our website for full details.

Further information

Please visit the CWA website for further information.

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: 02 August 2018
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