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Biology AS/A Level at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

In the first year of study students will complete two theory modules and one practical module.

  • BY 1 - Cells, Membranes and Enzymes This incorporates biochemistry and structure which is fundamental to the functioning of living things.
  • HB 2 – Overview of 4 body systems, the Digestive, Respiratory Circulatory and Immune Systems
  • BY 3 - Practical skills in Biology

How will I learn?
You will have five lessons of Biology a week which will cover the modules as necessary. A double lesson will be provided to allow practical activities to be carried out in full.

Entry requirements

GCSE Science A* - B and GCSE Additional Science A*-B

Students are required to show a willingness to undertake independent study to ensure completion of work and set tasks.


Units BY 1 and BY 2 are externally assessed through written examinations. The practical unit is externally assessed, and measures student’s practical skills. The assessment uses WJEC-set tasks.

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete the one year course, you will be awarded with an AS qualification. There will be the option to continue the course on for a further year to obtain a full A level.

Job Ideas!

Biology provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics. The Biology course provides a suitable foundation for the study of biology and courses such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Forensic Science and Veterinary Science and Dentistry. Whether you intend to follow a Biology related career or not, the skills you acquire in WJEC Biology will fully prepare you to make the most of any future university or college course.

The course will also provide students which do not intend to study biology at a higher level with a useful and worthwhile course stimulating interest in, and awareness of, the social, technological, environmental and economic impact of biology in present day society.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

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