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A-Level Biology at Winstanley College

Course description

Course Content

All Biology modules are assessed by written exam.  Students also receive a practical endorsement for the lab and field work completed during the course.

  • Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Biology
  • Module 2 Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3 Exchange and Transport
  • Module 4  Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
  • Module  5 Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Module 6 Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Why should I study Biology at Winstanley?

Are you fascinated by how the human body works?  How exactly do plants and animals live and die?  Do you want to develop your understanding of biological functions well beyond that which you learned at GCSE? Have you read anything by Richard Dawkins (e.g. The Selfish Gene) or Matt Ridley (e.g. The Red Queen) or Steve Jones (e.g. Almost Like a Whale)?  How about James Watson’s DNA: The Secret of Life?  Have a look at these if you haven’t already read them and see if you’re on their wavelength?  You’ll find Biology both familiar from GCSE and very different as you continue to journey into the complexities and intricacies of life.  You’ll integrate theory and practical work

Learning outside the Classroom

You will be joining a committed and lively group of students in the science department.  There are many additional activities you could become involved with including:

  • Biologics magazine
  • Biology Olympiad and the Biology Society Schools Challenges
  • Nuffield Science Bursary
  • Educational visits ranging from Stuttgart to Liverpool
  • Extensive Moodle resources

You will receive help with choosing which university and which course is right for you; we’ll support your development of interview skills, guide you to further reading or viewing, challenge you with additional discussion and inspire you with activities and trips.  Ex Winstanley students already studying this subject at university will visit and tell you the real story and visiting speakers will give you a glimpse as to what further study involves.

From school pupil to Winstanley student

Above all you should have a passion for Sciences and most students have demonstrated this by achieving at least a grade 6 in Core and Additional Science or separate Sciences at GCSE

When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a dyslexia tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper!

Where are they now?

Karl Busdieker

Studied: Biology, Chemistry and Geography

Whilst at Winstanley College Karl helped to build and erect our first bat boxes within the college grounds.  This was part of a conservation effort to re-house a colony of bats disturbed during building work at the college.  The project was successful!  Karl went on to study Marine Biology at Liverpool University and is currently working abroad on various conservation projects as part of his undergraduate degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years