Key Stage 5 Science
Year 12 and 13
An A-Level in Science puts you in an extremely good position when you are applying to universities and is highly regarded by employers.
Biology covers how everything in the natural world functions, from plant to human life, so biology has the utmost relevance to the world. A-Level Biology is an interesting and easy-to-understand subject that broadly covers a range of topics and offers you access to a huge variety of fields in both university courses and careers.
If you are considering applying to university to study biology, zoology, ecology, animal science, marine biology, life sciences, medicine, environmental science, forensic science or any other subject related to the natural world, then A-Level Biology is essential, with many other courses preferring biology at either AS or A-Level.
Possible career choices that require A-Level Biology include: biological testing, biotechnology, independent research, food industry jobs, nutrition, medicine, doctor, nurse, veterinarian, zoologist, zookeeper, animal care, veterinary nurse, scientist, amongst a huge range of others.
AS Level Biology is also a great complementary subject, going hand-in-hand with physics, chemistry, mathematics, English, psychology, sociology and many other subjects.
- Two units are studied as part of the AS Biology course.
- Practical log book is completed as part of course
- Two theory papers are sat at the end of Year 12
- Examinations include aspects of work from log books
- The A2 component is based on three units of study, two theoretical and one practical.
- Preparation for practical aspect using experimental log book
- In addition to the content each topic develops skills in working scientifically, mathematics, statistics and how science works.
Students in Year 12 and 13 study WJEC AS/A2 Level in Chemistry. In Year 12, fundamental ideas from GCSE are built upon and new concepts are introduced. At the end of the year, students will sit two examinations that each contribute 20% towards the final grade. In Year 13, the content is extended further and there are three examinations sat. A practical examination contributes 10% towards the end grade, while the final two written papers are worth 25% each. Throughout the two year course a series of practical activities must be carried out and evidence of these is kept in a log book that can be requested by the examination board.
Students in Year 12 and 13 study WJEC AS/A2 Level in Physics. In Year 12, fundamentals of physics are covered including such topics as particle physics, static and dynamic physics and Astrophysics. At the end of the year, students will sit two examinations that each contribute 20% towards the final grade. In Year 13, the content is extended further to include circular motion, Nuclear decay and lasers. One paper includes an option topic.There are three examinations. A practical examination contributes 10% towards the end grade, while the final two written papers are worth 25% each. Throughout the two year course a series of practical activities must be carried out and evidence of these is kept in a log book that can be requested by the examination board.
Students in Year 12 and 13 can choose to study for a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science. In Year 12, two units are studied - one that is externally assessed via a written examination taken in January or June and a unit of internally assessed assignment work on practical techniques, both contributing 25% of the end grade. The written examination comprises content from biology, chemistry and physics and is a consolidation of some GCSE content with some extended content on fundamental ideas. In Year 13, a practically assessed unit comprises the majority of the content for the year and the examination for this can take place in January or June. A final smaller unit is made up of internally assessed assignments on the physiology of the human body.