BASIC COURSE DETAILS
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths.
Biology is a fascinating and popular choice of subject. Teaching is based around practical and tutorial sessions. Problem solving and communication skills are developed through class and independent study. Students are expected to analyse factual information and communicate their ideas in writing. The subject is taught on a topic basis and each topic is supported with a booklet of resources including a study guide that outline the content and practical work.
IS IT FOR ME?
Biology is a demanding, but rewarding A Level choice. The level of factual recall and application of knowledge and understanding is very high and as such you will only be comfortable with the requirements of the course if you achieved a level 6 at GCSE.
10% of the total A Level marks require the use of higher tier GCSE mathematical skills and as such a good grade in Mathematics GCSE is essential.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
- Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (taught in combination with modules 2–5)
- Module 2 – Foundation in biology
- Module 3 – Exchange and transport
- Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
- Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
- Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
WHAT DOES STUDYING BIOLOGY LEAD ON TO?
Biology is a very versatile A Level and is one that is well respected by universities and employers all over the country. It may be combined with relatively unrelated subjects, like law or business studies, for it develops skills in numeracy, reasoning, problem solving, communication and research. It a great choice for people who want a career in science, health and clinical professions such as:
- Veterinary science
- Marine biology
- Forensic science
- Environmental science
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There will be three external written exam papers: Biological processes (01) will assess content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Biological diversity (02) will assess content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Unified biology (03) will assess content from all modules (1-6).
Practical endorsement in biology is achieved by successfully completing a series of practical tasks over the two years of the course. Paper 3 will focus on the practical element of the course.