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Biology at Townley Grammar School

Course description

You will need to be well organised with a passion, enthusiasm and enjoyment of biology, and to be able to express this through good communication and writing skills. In addition, you must have good manipulation skills for the practical content of the course. You will need to be numerate and be able to analyse data, including plotting and interpreting graphs. You will also need to have good analytical and evaluative skills.

Course content

Year 12

The course content and assessment are shown below:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in Biology. This includes skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 - Foundations in Biology. This includes: cell structure, biological molecules; nucleotides and nucleic acids; enzymes, biological membranes; cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.

Module 3 - Exchange and Transport. This includes: Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in plants.

Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease. This includes: communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution. Paper 1 Breadth in Biology - Multiple choice and structured questions (70 marks) 1 hr 30 Paper 2 Depth in Biology - Structured questions and extended response questions 70 marks) 1 hr 30

Year 13

The course content and assessment are shown below:

Module 1, 2, 3 and 4 as in AS level.

Module 5 - Communications, homeostasis and energy. This includes: Communication and homeostasis, Excretion, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, and Respiration.

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. This includes: Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability.

Paper 1 Biological Processes - Multiple choice, structured and extended response (100 marks) 2hr 15

Paper 2 Biological Diversity - Multiple choice, structured and extended response (100 marks) 2 hr 15

Paper 3 Unified Biology - Structured questions and extended response (70 marks) 1 hr 30 Non-exam assessment – Practical endorsement for Biology assessed via 12 practical activity groups. This is Pass/Fail and reported separately.

Entry requirements

A in GCSE Biology

A in GCSE Core and Additional Science (for double science tudents only)

A in GCSE Core, Additional Science and Further Additional Science

A student must have achieved both of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 full course A* - C grade GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An average (mean) point score of 45 or above taking only full course GCSEs into consideration

Future opportunities

Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Genetics, Botany, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Physiotherapy, Zoology, Plant Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry, Marine Biology, Ecology, Biotechnology, Nursing, Midwifery, Optometry. Please go to for more information.

Further information

You will develop a sense of awe and wonder at the scale and impact of natural processes and phenomena. You will develop an understanding of biological principles, and the application of these concepts to novel situations. You will also learn about the moral, ethical, social and cultural implications of some of the applications of Biology and biotechnology, and how these are changing the world.

Biological Sciences & Biomedical Science.

Oxbridge A*A A

Russell Group A A A

Non-Russell Group A B-B C

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Townley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016
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