Biology is at the centre of what we are and the world we live in. The developments in Biological Sciences are rapid and fascinating with a new discovery every day.
The course is an A-level which will be examined at the end of the second year.
Students are expected to buy their own textbook and there is a contribution required for paper resources and excursions, as the course progresses.
Module 1 : Development of Practical Skills
This involves a wide range of practical tasks
Module 2 : Foundations in Biology
Looking at cell structure, biological molecules, cell division and cellular organisation
Module 3 : Exchange and Transport
Looking at exchange surfaces and transport in animals and plants
Module 4 : Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
This includes aspects of how we fit into our environment and how our environment can affect us
Module 5 : Communications, Homeostasis and Energy
Module 6 : Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
Papers 1 and 2 are both 2 hours 15 minutes long with 100 marks each and cover all of the specification between them
Paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes long and includes aspects of the whole specification, with an emphasis on practical and data handling skills
The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.
The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.
Biology requires a GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths and Biology or Combined Science.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology such as:
- Physical Education
Success in Biology A-level will allow you to apply for the Science and Biology related subjects, or more general higher education courses.