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. 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 at grade 4 and above, including:
- Maths at grade 6
- English at grade 5
- at least two grade 6s in Science.
If you are not also studying A Level Maths, and you have a 6 Maths you will be asked to study AS Core Maths in your first year alongside your other courses.
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 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
Unit 2: Foundations in Biology
Unit 3: Exchange and Transport
Unit 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Unit 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
Unit 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Practical skills will be assessed in a written examination and through a practical endorsement.