Welcome to Biology A level

A level biology is a versatile stepping stone to many and diverse fields of work and study. It is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and medical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy veterinary science, nursing pharmacy and optometry. It could open the way to an exciting range of degree and higher education courses such as neuroscience, zoology, marine biology, microbiology or forensic sciences. In fact, the key skills of analysis, questioning, forming hypothesis and prediction are prerequisites for most higher education courses.

Many of our students have gone on to study biology - based degrees and higher degrees at university.  Recently qualified students include those who have gone on to:

  • Northumbria University – Biomedical Sciences

  • Cambridge University - Veterinary Science

  • Edge Hill University - Early Years Learning

  • Surrey – Bioscience

  • University of Hull – Industrial chemistry

  • Newcastle University and QUB – Medicine

  • University of Ulster - Mathematics and Sports Studies

 

In the A level biology course we study life at every level of organization - from biological molecules to organ systems, from the genetics of populations, to the interaction of organisms within ecosystems. Students develop a range of skills with the emphasis on thinking scientifically. Lesson based theoretical and practical work is supported by a lab book and a wide range of resource types for independent study is available to students on our virtual learning environment.

A level biology outline

We follow the WJEC biology specification.

 AS biology (Year 13) has 2 units:

Unit 1: Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)

20% of qualification

A range of short and longer structured questions and one extended response.

 

Unit 2:Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)

20% of qualification

A range of short and longer structured questions and one extended response.

 

A Level (the above plus a further 3 units)

Unit 3: Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment

Written examination: 2 hours (90 marks)

25% of qualification

A range of short and longer structured questions and one extended response.

 

Unit 4: Variation, Inheritance and Options

Written examination: 2 hours (90 marks)

25% of qualification

Section A: 70 marks

A range of short and longer structured questions and one extended response.

Section B: 20 marks

 

Unit 5: Practical examination (50 marks)

10% of qualification

This unit comprises two tasks:

• Experimental Task (20 marks)

• Practical Analysis Task (30 marks)

Please visit the WJEC A-level Biology website for more information.

Resources

All AS and A2 biology resources are now our our VLE

 

British Biology Olympiad

The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is an annual competition for post-16 students. It challenges and stimulates gifted students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. It allows the A Level biology students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes.  We have been entering students in this competition since 2009 and our winners are pictured below.

2009

Conor Poland - gold medal

Orla OConnor - bronze medal

Sait Can Ozdemir - highly commended

Head of Biology email contact:  

jpoland485@c2kni.net

Useful Links

For further information click on the following links:

A level biology exam board:
http://www.wjec.co.uk/

A level biology revision website:
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/biology-revision/

2011

Alex Henderson - highly commended

  

2012

Kemal Ozdemir - highly commended

2009

Conor Poland - gold medal

Orla OConnor - bronze medal

Siat Can Ozdemir - highly commended

2010

Orla OConnor - bronze medal

Laura Scott - bronze medal

2013

Artiz Sterne - bronze medal

John Paul Killyleagh - bronze medal

2015

Hannah Parks – Silver medal

Ruben Mills - Commended

 

2016

Adam Curran –highly commended

Amber Jennings –highly commended

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