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Biology at Swanwick Hall School

Course description


In year 12 students complete 3 units. The first, Biology and Disease is examined in January of year 12. This unit includes work on cell structure, carbohydrates, proteins and fats, the digestive system and circulatory system. Following this, students complete two more units. Unit 2, the variety of Living Organisms is examined in June of year 12. This unit included work on genetics, variation, cell division, gas exchange and species diversity. The third unit is a centre assessed unit (similar to the ISA at GCSE) and includes a practical and examination within lesson time. This unit is also examined in June of Year 12.


The A2 course follows a similar pattern to the AS course comprising 3 units, two of which are theory based and the final one, unit 6, a centre assessed unit. Unit 4, Populations and Environment is examined in January of Year 13 and includes work on populations, the biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration and nutrient cycles. There may be the opportunity for a field trip within this unit to enable students to gather their own data from the field. Unit 5, Controls in Cells and Organisms includes the nervous system and its control of functions within the body, control of the body’s internal environment through homeostasis, protein synthesis and gene mutations.

Entry requirements

In order to access this course students must have achieved a minimum of A* - C in 5 different subjects including English and Maths at GCSE Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swanwick Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years