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Biology A Level at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth

Course description

Why study Biology?

  • To develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject which may lead to further study and a career in the subject
  • To provide a broad factual base and skills
  • To appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues

Course content

2 AS and 3 A level units

Biology 1: Basic Biochemistry and cell organisation

Chemical elements are joined together to form biological compounds. Cell structure and organisation. Cell membranes and transport. Biological reactions are regulated by enzymes. Nucleic acids and their function. Genetic information is passed on to daughter cells.

Biology 2: Biodiversity and Physiology of Body systems

All organisms are linked through their evolutionary history. Adaptations for gas exchange. Adaptations for transport. Adaptations for nutrition

Biology 3: Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment

  • Importance of ATP.
  • Photosynthesis.
  • Respiration.
  • Microbiology.
  • Population size and ecosystems.
  • Human impact on the environment.
  • Homeostasis and the kidney. The nervous system.

Biology 4: Variation, Inheritance and Options

  • Sexual reproduction in humans.
  • Sexual reproduction in plants.
  • Inheritance. Variation and evolution.
  • Application of reproduction and genetics and 1 of the following: A. Immunology and Disease, B. Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy, C. Neurobiology and Behaviour, D. Food Sciene

Biology 5: Practical Examination



Biology 1: 20% of A Level - Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Biology 2: 20% of A Level - Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Biology 3: 25% of A level - Written examination: 2 hours

Biology 4: 25% of A Level - Written examination: 2 hours

Biology 5: 10% of A Level - Practical Examination

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2016
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