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Biology A level at Wood Green School

Course description

This course aims to help students develop theoretical and practical skills in biology, including planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. The course comprises six modules, covering topics such as cell biology, biological molecules, exchange, transport, biodiversity, disease, genetics, ecosystems, evolution, communications, homeostasis and energy.

Course content

Year 12 AS Level Units Students study a range of topics including Cells, Exchange and Transport, Biological Molecules, Food and Health, Biodiversity and Evolution, Genes and Protein Synthesis. In coursework, a wide range of experimental skills are developed.

Year 13 A Level Units Students study a range of topics including Communication and Homeostasis, Excretion, Photosynthesis and Respiration, Cellular Control, Biotechnology and Gene Technologies, Ecosystems and Sustainability.

Entry requirements

Two B grades in GCSE Additional Science or two B grades in GCSE Triple Science, one of which must be in Biology.


AS Paper 1: Breadth in Biology (50%) Paper 2: Depth in Biology (50%) Written examinations, 1½ hours for each. A Level Paper 1: Biological processes (37%) Paper 2: Biological Diversity (37%) Paper 3: Unified Biology (26%) Written examinations, 2¼ hours for papers 1 & 2, 1½ hours for Paper 3: Unified Biology.

Future opportunities

Biology combines well with Chemistry, Psychology, Geography, Mathematics, and Further Mathematics. Higher education and careers for which Biology is needed or recommended include conservation science, ecology, environmental management, plant science, medicine, veterinary science, genetics, biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, clinical biology, physiology, sports science and anatomy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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    • Our Sixth Form is a thriving, vibrant and active community of some 200 students, which continues to attract applicants from many other schools. There is a friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in which students feel at home.  We offer an extensive choice of over 30 subjects at AS and A2, including new vocational courses from September 2014.


      We are part of a consortium, our partner school being The Henry Box School in Witney.


      We have a taxi service, ferrying students between the two venues, at no cost to students.


      NB, there are two subjects that are jointly taught, ie students take lessons at both venues,  Maths and Further Maths;  you will see this on our options grid.