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Biology AS/A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Biology has the rigour of a science subject and offers a challenging and stimulating course which contains a great deal of interesting information. After all, it’s about the life on Earth and how it interacts from the molecular and cellular level up to whole ecosystems.

Additionally, Biology requires many transferable skills which will be of use in other subjects, university and the workplace.

Data analysis skills are developed and extensively used, problem solving and evaluation is used with regard to data and scientific theory and communication and literacy skills are required for scientific work presentation and report writing.

Course content

Biology is a subject of huge scope, from the tiniest parts of a cell visible only with an electron microscope up to whole ecosystems and indeed the planet itself.

There is also a significant proportion of Biochemistry involved (A level Chemistry students certainly gain an advantage in this area).

The early part of the course focuses on the Biology foundations: practical skills, the cell, moving substances in and out of the cell and transport in organisms, to include gas exchange, circulation and plant transport.

There is also a section on evolution, biodiversity and disease. All topics covered are in a contemporary context, examining how the understanding of the science impacts on us and looking at the application of the knowledge in modern Biology.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B in Additional Science or single award Biology is the requirement, as C grade students tend to find many aspects of the course (especially Biochemistry) difficult.

Students with C grades or a grade in Additional Applied Science should take BTEC Science.


Students sit two terminal exams plus 12 standard practical tasks (during the course).

Both examinations are 1hr 30min duration and account for 50% of the course marks.

The 12 assessed practical tasks are assessed to determine whether a student either passes or fails a separate practical component certificate.

Future opportunities

Biology is obviously of great use in any career involving the subject such as medicine, nursing or environmental careers.

However, the scientific nature of the subject means it will be of use for any scientific course at university level.

Additionally, the academic rigour and transferrable skills developed in Biology will be looked on favourably for many non-scientific careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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