Accessibility links

Biology A Level at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

Course description

Biology has made many breathtaking advances during the last decade. From the treatment of disease to the great steps made in genetic engineering. The Biology Advanced level and A.S. course has been designed to reflect these exciting advances in science.

The course provides a wide breadth of knowledge, which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics. From the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues including man's influence on the environment and the ethical considerations of genetics.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

Module BY1: Basic biochemistry and cell structure
This unit incorporates the biochemistry and structure which is fundamental to the functioning of living organisms: structure and function of biological compounds and enzymes; basic cell structure and organisation; cell division; cell membranes; membrane transport.

Module BY 2: Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems
This unit is intended as an overview of a variety of organisms with the emphasis on the comparative adaptations. It is not intended that there should be a detailed coverage of the anatomy and physiology of such a wide range of organisms nor are students

There is also one piece of course work BY3

Advanced Level (A2)

Module BY4: Metabolism, Microbiology and Homeostasis Unit BY4 involves the study of energy supply in living organisms along with microbiology and populations; homeostasis and nervous system plus a brief overview of some adaptations and non mammalian systems.

Module BY5: Environment, Genetics and Evolution
Unit BY5 involves the study of variation and evolution plus genetics and applications; ecosystems and energy flow along with human effects on the environment.


Advanced Subsidiary: Candidates will need to sit papers in units BY1 (40%), BY2 (40%) and present a practical investigation for course work (20%).

Advanced level: Candidates will need to sit papers in units BY1 (20%), BY2 (20%), BY4 (20%), and BY5 (20%). Candidates will also present two practical investigations (10%) and (10%).

Candidates following Biology AS/A level will be offered opportunities to develop and generate evidence of achievement in all the Key Skills. These opportunities include; I.T.C: Plan and use different sources to search for and select information, present information including text, numbers and images; Communication: discussions and class presentations; Application of Number: interpret information and present findings.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2015

Key information