Biology

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Year 1

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells (structure of cells, microscopy, cell division, transport across membranes, immune system)
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2

  • 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 expression

Curriculum:

As a student of biology, throughout the course you will grow your interest and enthusiasm for biological study and appreciate how science affects our every day lives. You will improve your skills with scientific methods, practical and problem solving skills in order to apply them to abstract concepts and contexts. In year 12 you will develop your knowledge and understanding of cells, biological molecules, genetics and exchange between organisms and their environment. In year 13 you will develop your knowledge and understanding of genetics and incorporate the concepts of energy transfer within organisms and systems and how organisms respond to change in their environment.

Progression

University courses including (but not limited to); biology; microbiology; medicine and nursing; veterinary sciences; marine biology; oceanography; biochemistry; environmental science; genetics; psychology; health and social care; physiotherapy; zoology.

Careers

Biology; genetics; physiology; pharmacy; physiotherapy; medicine; nutrition; occupational therapy, sports science; biomedical science; biochemistry; nursing; veterinary science; psychology; environmental science.

Additional Entry Requirements

Two grade 6’s in Combined Science, or grade 6 in separate sciences (including the science selected to study). Grade 5 in Maths.

Assessment

External exams with a mixture of short and long answer questions including extended response, comprehension, critical analysis experimental data and an essay from a choice of two titles. Internally awarded practical endorsement.

Opportunities for work related activities

Animal Behaviour studies, residential field trips, and visits to wild places for ecology studies.