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Biology

Biology at WHGS is taught during ten one hour periods per two-week timetable cycle. The content is taught by three specialist Biology teachers in three fully equipped laboratories.

The A Level in Biology at WHGS follows the two-year linear format. The course comprises eight topics; four in each year. There is also a series of twelve assessed practicals, in addition to other practicals, which take place throughout the two years. There will be questions about these practicals in the internal assessments and external examinations. The external examinations are sat at the end of Year 13, but internal assessments occur at the end of topics and at the end of Year 12.

Year 12

  • Topic 1 – Biological molecules
  • Topic 2 – Cells
  • Topic 3 – Organisms and their environment
  • Topic 4 – Genetics and variation

Year 13

  • Topic 5 – Energy transfers within and between organisms 
  • Topic 6 – Organisms and changes in environments
  • Topic 7 – Genetics, populations and ecosystems
  • Topic 8 – Control of gene expression

Students who wish to study courses such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, life sciences, biomedical sciences and many others at university will find that A Level Biology is often specified as a required subject at A Level.

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