Why study Biology?
Biology is the 'study of life.' It allows us to understand the workings of our own bodies and the world around us. Today, biological science is still at the forefront of ground-breaking and rapid developments that will shape the future of human kind. Do you want to be part of these? If so, Biology is the course for you.
What will I study?
The Biology A-Level is made up 6 components:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2 – Foundations in biology
Nucleotides and nucleic acids
Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
Module 3 – Exchange and transport
Transport in animals
Transport in plants
Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
Classification and evolution
Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
Communication and homeostasis
Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
Plant and animal responses
Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Pattern of inheritance
Cloning and biotechnology
Populations and sustainability.
The Biology course involves a range of hands-on practical lab and fieldwork studies. Due to our close proximity to the University of Cambridge and the local science parks and institutes, students will be able to attend lectures and seminars and attend the Babraham Institute Sixth Form Conference . Alongside this, we have an ecology fieldtrip where students develop their practical skills as well as deepen their understanding of investigation.
Minimum Entry Requirements:
5 x 5s
4 in English and Maths
Subject Entry Requirements:
6 in GCSE Biology if doing single sciences
Or 6,7 in GCSE Double Science
6 in GCSE Maths
* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements
What can I do with Biology after sixth form?
Many students follow this course with a biologically-related degree that would lead to occupation in a number of areas including: medicine, dentistry, health care, veterinary medicine, forensic science, physiotherapy, environmental work, food science, biological research, sports science and pharmacy. Other students find the broad base of skills and knowledge gained from the course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including business, marketing, journalism, and psychology.