The Biology A Level course builds upon the student’s knowledge and understanding gained during GCSE Additional Science and Biology. Biology A Level will give students the skills they need to make connections and associations with all living things around them. Biology literally means the study of life and if thats not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, students are bound to find a specific area of interest.
Biological molecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substances with their environment, Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, the control of gene and expression
Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:
- using microscopes to see cell division
- dissection of animal or plant systems
- aseptic technique to study microbial growth
- investigating activity within cells
- investigating animal behaviours
- investigating distributions of species in the environment
These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work.
It will also ensure that if you chose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you will have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.
The course is assessed by 100% examinations with a practical endorsement.
GCSE 6 in Biology or 6 and 6 in the Combined Award Science and a GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics
Students develop skills in applying knowledge, analysing and interpreting data, presenting scientific arguments and ideas, carrying out investigative activities, including appropriate risk management in a range of contents.
The course lays the foundation for any further study of biology or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Medicine, Biochemistry, Veterinary Sciences, Environmental Studies, Genetics, Ecology, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Sports Sciences.