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Biology AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


Biology is a challenging course to choose covering topics, some of which you will have studied at GCSE and now will cover in more depth. During the course you will be able to develop your practical skills in regular laboratory sessions which includes planning, observing, analysing and evaluating the data collected. As well as this you will have the opportunity to spend a fascinating fieldwork day on a rocky shore, discovering sea slugs and star ascidians whilst developing your ecological awareness. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend lectures delivered by external speakers including a chief examiner. Whether you would like to pursue a science based career or just have an interest in this subject you should consider studying Biology in the Sixth Form.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level

Students must complete three unit in Lower Sixth. Topics covered include cells, basic biochemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, physiology, health and disease.

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language



Two written papers of compulsory short answer, structured questions, of 1 - 1 hours in length, worth 80% of AS (and 40% of A2)

Practical assessment tasks carried out in lesson time, worth 20% of AS (and 10% of A2).

Future opportunities


Careers related to this subject include medical and para-medical courses (eg Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Radiotherapy, Radiography and Speech Therapy); Veterinary Science, Biochemistry in Industry (e.g. Food Technology; Pet Foods; Brewing; Detergents; Pesticides); Agriculture and Fisheries, Horticulture, Forensics; Teaching.

Further information


GCSE Biology and Chemistry at least at grade B, or the equivalent grades in co-ordinated Science (and it is an advantage to continue with the study of Chemistry for this provides valuable reinforcement of biochemical principles).

Candidates should be hardworking, enthusiastic and be prepared to spend time in the library each week consolidating the work covered in the laboratory and classroom.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year