Biology is the scientific study of organisms, including humans, and how they interact with the environment. The subject develops students� understanding of a broad range of specialist areas within Biological Sciences including: Biochemistry; Cytology; Histology; Anatomy and Physiology; Botany; Ecology, and; Biotechnology (including Genetics). Students build on detail, knowledge and skills developed through the GCSE Science courses so should have a clear idea about the basic principles of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and How Science Works already.
We are all very experienced Biologists and teachers with a history of high achievement in several successful schools prior to creating a new team here at Forge Valley. Results put the department above national average for student progress at both AS and A-level and are linked to immeasurable improvement in the quality of teaching and learning made from September 2015 to now. The staff team includes: Tim Storer, Sophie Hazelby, Jennifer May and Kirsty Isle. Our team are all experienced and meticulous practitioners that have many years of experience as A-level Biology teachers. All members of the Biology department are respected by both their colleagues and the students for their work in and beyond lessons in supporting students of all abilities and age groups to achieve well in Biology.
AS level is subdivided into 4 units of study:
1 Biological molecules
3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
+ 6 required practical investigations, mathematical skills and How Science Works questions.
For the full specification, sample questions and further guidance:
www.aqa.org.uk Subjects - Biology - AS and A level � Biology (7401, 7402)
Your understanding and learning will be assessed through written exams at the end of the two year course. There will be three papers which test your knowledge as well as your practical knowhow. You will also have your practical abilities assessed by your teacher which will be reported on your final certificate as the Practical Endorsement for Biology.
Five or more GCSE grades 9-4 or equivalent, including Grade 4 in English Language.
Grade 6 in Science Core and Additional / Grade 6 in Biology PLUS Grade 5 in Mathematics.
Advanced level Sciences are still widely revered as an indication of students� higher level academic abilities by employers and educational providers.
As a sixth form we enjoy excellent links with universities and work experience providers to give our students chance to develop and demonstrate skills and knowledge beyond the constraints of the curriculum. We recognise that students should become confident and rounded in their abilities and knowledge in order to have a competitive �edge� when making applications to higher level apprenticeships and universities.
Biology provides a solid background for most Natural Science degree programmes and is also ideal for those thinking about a career in the caring professions. A Level Biologists have a wide variety of options when choosing what to study at university. Although Biology A Level is not a direct prerequisite for Medicine and Biomedical studies, it is unusual (arguably surprising) if students do not take the opportunity to study the most directly relevant material at AS/A level.
Be aware that for many Biology courses at Universities, Chemistry is also required. For Psychology disciplines, A-level Biology may confer an advantage but is not essential.