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Biology at St Wilfrids Catholic High School

Course description

As an A level biologist you will explore the depths of the cell. You will gain an understanding of the molecules from which life is created. You will travel down the digestive system learning the intricacies of the alimentary canal. How can we shape future generations? Should we be inserting genes from Jellyfish into tomatoes? Should we use cloning techniques or are we playing God? Should designer babies be created? These are some of the ethical issues facing Biologists in society today As an A level biologist, you will emerge as an educated individual who is able to understand the living world.

Course content

Topics studied include:

  • Cell biology and biological molecules
  • DNA and Genetics
  • Organ systems and exchange
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

5 good GCSE grade passes (grade 4/5 or above).  You must have a minimum grade B equivalent (grade 4/5) in GCSE Dual Award Science/Biology and ideally a minimum grade B equivalent (grade 4/5) in Maths.  Ideally you will also choose to study A Level Chemistry.


Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be sat internally in the summer of Year 12.

Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 will be sat in the summer of Year 13 (your A Level grade will be determined solely from these exams).

In addition, you will complete 12 required practicals throughout the 2 year course.

Financial information

As part of Unit 4, we attend a residential field course at Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre in the October of the second year. Approximate cost of this trip is £125 (50% subsidised by the school).

All specialist equipment needed is provided.  We will loan you a text book, in return for a small deposit.  You will need your own scientific calculator.

Future opportunities

A level Biology opens the door to many careers. A number of our past students have progressed to study science based courses at University, and have found successful careers within the medical profession, pharmaceutical industry, teaching and as research scientists at various academic institutions. A level Biology is a well respected course by Universities and also amongst employers, and when combined with another science A level subject, offers a variety of options for entry to further education.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 July 2017
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