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Biology A-Level at Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Course description

The A level course is designed to provide a suitable preparation for degree courses while the AS course would be appropriate for any student with an interest in Biological Sciences but who does not intend to pursue a science related career. As well as developing biological knowledge and understanding the course emphasises the way biologists work and the contributions they make to modern society.

The course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE science specifications. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging.

Progression to Career/ University Courses:

Biological sciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and Sport Sciences

Key Points:

It would be advantageous to take Chemistry to at least AS level. Some mathematical ability is required as there is statistical work in A2, ISAs and written papers.

Please note - ISAs are based on an assessed practical and a written examination which is internally marked. There is also a Practical Skills Assessment over the whole course. All internal marks are sampled for external moderation by the examination board

Entry requirements

Students (external and internal) wishing to join the Sixth Form at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School will usually be expected to have achieved a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A*- B, including Mathematics and English Language with a minimum average points score of 48 from her best 6 subjects.  Students should preferably have achieved A* or A in the subjects they wish to study at A Level, but with a minimum of grade B. Subjects which are not GCSEs but deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs are not accepted.  The Headteacher reserves the right to make the final decision on the application of this criteria.

Subject Specific Criteria:

Minimum Grade A at GCSE is usually required due to demand for places

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wolverhampton Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years