Biology

A Level

KEY FACTS

Qualification Type

A Level

Additional Entry Requirements

Grades 6 in combined science or grade 6 in two separate sciences (including the science selected to study).

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 at the zoo, residential field trips.

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.

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.