Biology is central to dealing with the most important issues facing the world today, including environmental problems, health and disease, food production and the benefits and hazards of new genetic technologies. It enables individuals to know and understand more about living organisms and the workings of the body.
The aim of the A Level course is to allow students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology. This will include gaining essential knowledge and an understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.
Students on the course will be able to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Whilst at the same time, through practical exercises and the study of past key experiments, students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works.
A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4) including at least two 6s in Science.
GCSE English grades should be a minimum of a grade 5.
GCSE Maths grades should be a minimum of a grade 6.
Minimum GCSE score of 6.0.
Biology is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. Links are made between the theory covered and real situations. There are a range of apprenticeships within the science field that are promoted.
We have students that have secured placements with local care homes and St John’s Ambulance to help support their application to university.
Unit 01: Development of practical skills in Biology
Unit 02: Foundations in Biology
Unit 03: Exchange and Transport
Unit 04: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Unit 05: Communication, homeostasis and energy
Unit 06: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Practical skills will be assessed in a written examination and through a practical endorsement.