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Biology A Level at Wye School

Course description

A level Biology will help you make s ense of the living world around you. You will study the biology of plants and animals, human health and performance and the wider natural environment. You can progress to study a wide variety of courses at University, from agriculture to zoology. For medic ine, veterinary science and dentistry it remains very important.

Course content

The A level course is split into eight units, covering the following topics:

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A level only)

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A level only)

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A l evel only)

8. The control of gene expression (A level only)

We run courses throughout the Sixth Form to help extend our pupils. These may include the CREST scheme, where we encourage gold level participation, Biology Olympiad, running the science club, runn ing a dissection club, a week biology field course and external speakers.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or higher in GCSE Biology or Grade 55 in GCSE Combined Sciences Dual Award (with high scores in the Biology units). Owing to the mathematical content of the course, a good understanding of Mathematics is also important: we recommend grade 5 or abo ve at GCSE. Practical work lies at the heart of the sciences and this course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality and equip students with essential practical skills. Students who satisfy the practical req uirements of the course will be awarded a separate “Practical Endorsement” alongside their A level grade.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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