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Biology at Holyhead

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Course Overview

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and microorganisms. Biology is never far from the headlines, whether it’s advancements in sequencing the human genome mean finding treatments for many life limiting diseases is closer than ever before, the effects our growing population has on the Earth and the need to manage the conflict between human needs and conservation as well as our developing understanding of how stem cells become specialised.

Biologists are concerned with all these issues and many more. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology and the work they do is vital to us all.

Biology A Level is a great choice for anybody interested in a career in health and clinical professions, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Zoology, Marine Biology, or Forensic Science. The skills you will learn are transferable and many students go on to professions such as Computing, Accountancy and Teaching.

Skills Needed

The Biology A Level course helps you to develop a number of skills which they will need to master in order to succeed. These skills include learning how to collect data and evaluate it, how to investigate facts and use deduction, how to put over your point of view effectively and how to take responsibility for your own learning.

Course content

Year 1

Topic 1 - Biological molecules

Topic 2 - Cells

Topic 3 - Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Topic 4 - Genetic information, Variation and Relationships between organisms

Year 2
Topic 5 - Energy transfers in and between organisms
Topic 6 - Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Topic 7 - Genetics, Populations, Evolution and ecosystems
Topic 8: The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE

GCSE Grade B in both Core Science and Additional Science

GCSE Grade B Maths

GCSE Grade C English


Year 1

Paper 1 - 50% of AS, 1hr 30min writtten exam 75 marks, mixture of short and longer answer questions and a 10 mark comprehension question

Paper 2 - 50% of AS, 1hr 30min written exam 75 marks, mixture of short answer questions and 10 marks for extended response questions.

Year 2
Paper 1 - 35% of A-level, 2 hr written exam, 91 marks, mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.
Paper 2 - 35% of A-level, 2 hr written exam, mixture of short and long answer questions and comprehension questions.
Paper 3 - 30% of A-level, 2 hr written exam, structured questions including practical techniques, critical analysis of given experimental data and an essay from a choice of two titles.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunties

There are opportunities to attend Master classes and 'Taster Days' at some of the local universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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