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Biology AS and A Level at Coleg y Cymoedd

Course description

This subject is part of the full time A level Programme. To apply for this subject you need to apply for the A Level or Combined Programme A Level Programme - You will need to choose 3 or 4 AS Levels to study the A Level Programme Combined Programme - You will need to choose 1 or 2 AS Levels combined with a vocational option. Vocational options include: Applied Science, IT, Business, Criminology, Law, Sports and Exercise Sciences, or Health and Social Care.


AS and A Level Biology will enhance your understanding and appreciation of living organisms, how they function and interact with one another.

You will study, discuss and research issues in the news with a focus on aspects of the ‘Living World’ such as Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biodiversity and the Physiology of Body Systems. Activities include the planning of experiments and collection of data, the analysis of experimental results and the drawing of conclusions.

Course content

There are 2 Units within AS Biology and 3 comprising the A2 Biology.

AS Unit One Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation. The molecular structure of biological molecules is investigated through practical and theoretical biochemistry including the arrangement of these molecules within cells. Cell ultrastructure and the function of the component parts, with tissue and organ structure is studied in plants and animals and contrasted with the structure of microorganisms and viruses. The genetic code and its roles in protein synthesis and nuclear division are also investigated.

AS Unit Two Biodiversity and the Physiology of Body Systems. The evolutionary origins of biodiversity are contextually investigated within the traditional and modern systems of classification and through applying practical sampling techniques involved in measuring biodiversity. Natural selection and adaptations of organisms for gas exchange, transport and nutrition will also be studied.

A2 Biology incorporates unit three, Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment and unit four entitled Variation, Inheritance, Immunology and Disease. Additionally, Unit 5 is a Practical Examination.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including English Language, B Grade in Maths and Science/Additional Science at B/BB or above.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


You will be assessed by examinations and a practical examination.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course many learners apply to university and are offered places to study courses such as Biology, Zoology, Botany, Nursing, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Parasitology, Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Scienc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coleg y Cymoedd directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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