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Biology AS & A Level at Bridgewater High School

Course description

Familiar topics from GCSE such as the circulatory system, the respiratory system, cell structure and enzymes are given in depth treatment at AS level and new topics including biodiversity and biotechnology are introduced. At A2 the traditional biochemistry topics of respiration and photosynthesis are covered alongside the cutting edge gene technologies of cloning, genetic sequencing and genetic engineering. Biology A-level is challenging and opens up new dimensions in students’ understanding of the living world.

Practical assessments are carried out individually and allow students to demonstrate their ability to carry out investigative procedures, analyse and interpret data recognising correlations and also evaluate methodology and evidence obtained.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Cells, exchange and transport
  • Unit 2: Molecules, biodiversity, food and health
  • Unit 3: Practical skills in Biology
  • Unit 4: Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Unit 5: Control, genomes and environment
  • Unit 6: Practical skills in Biology

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A* - C or equivalent, including English and Science and B in Additional Science.


AS Year:

  • Unit 1: Written exam in January worth 30% of AS (15% of A2)
  • Unit 2: Written exam in June worth 50% of AS (25% of A2)
  • Unit 3: Practical skills assessments marked internally, moderated externally worth 20% of AS (10% of A2)

A2 Year:

  • Unit 4: Written exam in January worth 15% of A2
  • Unit 5: Written exam in June worth 25% of A2
  • Unit 6: Practical skills assessment marked internally, moderated externally worth 10% of A2

Future opportunities

Medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, anatomy, biomedical science, environmental science, ecology, marine biology, zoology and forensic science are just a few of the career paths chosen by our biology students in the past.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

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