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Biology A Level at The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form

Course description

Biology is the study of life and living organisms. It focuses on how they function and their scientific inter-relationships. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all.

Course content

In the first year, you will study three main topics: ‘Biology and disease’, ‘The variety of living organisms’, plus a practical assignment which is designed to sharpen your investigative skills. Amongst them, these three topics give a solid grounding in Biology. Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like year one, has two academic topics plus a practical assignment. The academic topics are ‘Populations and environment’, and ‘Control in cells and organisms’. The practical assignment is where you investigate a different area of Biology.


In the each year of the course you will take two exam papers and a practical unit.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.

Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, PE, Chemistry, Science in Society, Physics, Applied Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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