Biologists study the natural world, understanding how all living things – humans, animals and plants – function and how they interact with the world around them. The problem-solving, research and analytical skills you will develop on this course are skills that will help you with further study at university and in your career.
If you want to pursue a career for example in Medicine, Genetics, Dentistry, Pharmaceuticals, Forensic science, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Environmental science, Zoology or Oceanography, then studying Biology at A Level is a vital first step.
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A Level Biology (International) is available only to students based outside the UK. It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE or equivalent in the subject.
Grade B or 6 at IGCSE or the equivalent is required before starting on the A Level. Due to the knowledge of Mathematics and Chemistry required, we also recommend that you have Grade B or 6 in both Chemistry and Maths at IGCSE or equivalent before embarking on this subject. Wolsey Hall offers the relevant IGCSE courses should they be necessary. All students undertaking Wolsey Hall A levels must also have IGCSE in English Language at Grade C or 4.
This course prepares you for the Edexcel International A Level Biology syllabus XBI01 (for AS) and YBI01 (for the full A Level, AS + A2).
For the AS in Biology, you will take:
Paper 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health (code WBI01) worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Paper 2: Development, Plants and the Environment (code WBI02) worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Paper 3: Practical Biology and Research Skills (code WBI03) is worth 20% of the AS grade and 10% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
For the A2 in Biology, you will take:
Paper 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival (code WBI04) worth 40% of the A2 grade and 20% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Paper 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination (code WBI05) worth 40% of the A2 grade and 20% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Paper 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills (code WBI06) worth 20% of the A2 grade and 10% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
You will not be expected to carry out experiments during the exam; however you are expected to develop your experimental skills, and a knowledge and understanding of practical techniques, by carrying out a range of investigations or completing worksheets based around the core practicals listed in the syllabus.
We have developed core practical sheets with the home student in mind. These ensure that you understand how the practical would be carried out in a laboratory environment and, where feasible, suggest a method for you to try safely at home.
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The fee for Edexcel A Level Biology is £795 via instalments (initial payment of £171 and 8 monthly instalments of £78.) There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £755.
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