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Biology A Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

You will learn about a range of topics concerned with Populations and Environment and Control in cells and in organisms. You will continue to develop your practical skills and personal, learning and thinking skills. You will be expected to develop your communication skills through presenting some of your work to the rest of the class

Course content


A2 Unit 4:      The Natural Environment and Species Survival

A2 Unit 5:      Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

A2 Unit 6:      Practical Biology and Experimental Investigation

Entry requirements

A grade ā€˜Dā€™ at AS-level in this subject is required to progress from the AS-level to the A-level



Students will continue to learn through similar methodologies to the AS-level course.  However problem solving tasks and exam questions will be more challenging to allow access to the new A* grade and students will be expected to engage in more independent learning to prepare them for University education. 

Future opportunities

As a consequence of its direct and indirect relevance to so many areas, a study of A2 Biology will assist access to a range of degree courses and careers including Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedics, Biology, Environmental Work, Nursing and Pharmaceuticals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.