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Biology AS/A Level at Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan

Course description

This is a modular course building on the knowledge gained at GCSE by covering key biological concepts, their application and modern developments. The impact of Biology on modern society is also covered.

Course content

AS Unit Titles

  • BY1: Basic Biochemistry and cell organisation
  • BY2: Biodiversity and physiology of Body Systems
  • BY3: AS Practical assessment

A2 Unit Titles

  • BY4: Metabolism, Microbiology and Homeostasis
  • BY5: Environment, Genetics and Evolution
  • BY6: A2 Practical assessment

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE [Higher Tier] or grade B if Higher Tier Separate Science (Biology)


BY1: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam [AS Level – 40%] [A Level – 20%]
BY2: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam [AS Level – 40%] [A Level – 20%]
BY3: Internal assessment [AS Level – 20%] [A Level – 10%]
BY4: 1 hour 45 minutes written exam [A Level – 20%]
BY5: 1 hour 45 minutes written exam [A Level – 20%]
BY6: Internal assessment [A Level – 10%]

Future opportunities

Biology is a highly respected subject, and the skills and knowledge you will learn during the course can help you progress onto a variety of university courses not necessarily linked directly with the subject. However, if you are passionate about the subject then a degree in Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science or the Natural Sciences such as Ecology and Zoology will be an option for you. It is also important for paramedical studies such as Nursing, Radiography, Pharmacy, Environmental Health and Medical laboratory  work. Many students go into all of these fields or study other subjects that use their biological expertise.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2014

Key information

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