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Biology A Level at Weston College

Course description

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. It encompasses the cellular basis of living things, the transformation of energy that underlies the activities of life, and the genetic basis for inheritance in organisms. Biology includes the study of evolutionary relationships among organisms and the diversity of life on earth, to include microorganisms, plants, animals and fungi. The structural and functional relationships studied in biology draws on the sciences of chemistry and physics for its foundations and applies the laws of these disciplines to living things.

Course content

Year 1 modules:

  • Biology and disease – including the heart and heart disease, lung and lung disease, causes of disease and immunity, cells, enzymes and digestion
  • The variety of living organisms – variation DNA and cell division, exchange and transport in plants and animals, classification, adaptation and biodiversity.

Year 2 modules:

  • Population and the environment – populations, respiration and photosynthesis, energy and ecosystems, inheritance and selection
  • Control in cells and organisms – coordination, nerves and hormones, genetic control of protein structure and function, DNA technology
  • Practical skills.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do I need to study this A Level?
At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including a double or triple award in Science at grade BB or above AND grade B in Maths.


You will be assessed through exams and your final A Level result will include a pass/fail grade for practical work.

Future opportunities

  • A wide range of degree courses at university
  • A starting point for a career in the medical field such as biomedical science, forensic science, laboratory technician or nursing (medical, veterinary or dental), and research
  • A science-based apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 May 2016

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