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Biology A level Linear at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

Biology is an exciting and challenging course aimed at students who are inquisitive, enjoy the broader aspects of Biology and enjoy problem solving. Biology relies on clear and concise communication so written and oral presentation skills will be developed. The course covers all aspects of Biology from deep inside the cell to the ecology of the planet with an emphasis on the application of Biology in the present and future.

Course content

AS Key Learning: The new specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of biology and the practical skills are integrated with the theoretical topics taught. Three modules are studied at AS level.

A2 Key Learning: Students study two further modules. At A2 only there is also a Practical Endorsement - a teacher reported grade on practical skills undertaken throughout the year.

Entry requirements

GCSE/IGCSE/Edexcel Certificate or equivalent Level 2 qualifications as detailed - Grade A Science and Grade A Additional Science, or an average B in Separate Sciences with A in Biology and Grade B Mathematics and English


Assessment: Two written examinations: Paper 1 ‘Breadth in Biology’, examines your foundation knowledge; Paper 2 ‘Depth in Biology’ examines your understanding of exchange and transport systems, biodiversity, evolution and disease

Assessment: Three written examinations: Paper 1 ‘Biological Processes’ examines your understanding of biological processes in exchange and transport, communication, homeostasis and generating energy; Paper 2 ‘Biological Diversity’ examines disease, genetics, evolution and ecosystems; Paper 3 ‘Unified Biology’ which tests concepts from right across the course.

Future opportunities

Into the Future: There is some overlap with Chemistry, Geography and Psychology. The wide range of skills learnt during the course will be beneficial in many careers, including biotechnology, molecular biology, veterinary science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, engineering, sport science, biochemistry, marine biology, medicine, dentistry, optometry and neuroscience.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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