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Biology A Level at Newport Girls' High School

Course description

Many of the students studying biology have gone to a variety of courses including Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Genetics, Agriculture, Teaching and Environmental Science.

The course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the GCSE Science courses.  It encourages pupils to:

  • further their knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for Biology;
  • develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods;
  • develop competence in practical, mathematical and problem solving skills;
  • gain an appreciation of the effects of biology on society.

Course content

Four units are studied in Year 12:

Unit 1 Biological molecules
Unit 2 Cells
Unit 3 Exchange in oganisms
Unit 4 Genes and variation

Four units are studied in Year 13:

Unit 5 Energy transfers
Unit 6 Responding to change
Unit 7 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Unit 8 The control of gene expression

Practical assessment does not count towards either the AS or A level.  However, during the course students will be assessed and at A level this will result in a separate endorsement of their practical skills.  Assessment of practical skills will also be tested via the written papers at both AS and A level.

Entry requirements

A minimum grade A in Additional Science or Separate Science Biology is required. A keen interest and enthusiasm for the subject and how it is developing in the 21st century.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years


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    • Transport may be available in conjunction with other providers from Telford, Market Drayton and Wolverhampton.  Public service buses run from Stafford, Telford and Shrewsbury.  A number of local arrangements are also coordinated by parents.  A leaflet detailing bus routes and times is available from the school.