AS/A Level Biology
A Level Biology is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to study a range of topics such as populations and environmental biology and mechanisms used to control processes in cells and organisms. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry and Biological Sciences.
Biology is a fascinating subject and involves a study of all the traditional areas of biology as well as an examination of technological advances in areas such as DNA technologies, fingerprinting, genetic engineering and gene therapy.
During the first term the fundamental ideas in Biology will be covered including how the body defends itself against disease, cellular operations and the creation and roles of important biological molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and DNA. As the course progresses, concepts to be covered will include populations and environmental biology, the variety of living organisms and the mechanisms used to control processes in cells and organisms.
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that the following A Level subject requires a Level 6 in GCSE English: English.
*Please note that the following A Level subjects require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology.
The A Level course will be assessed by examination at the end of year two. There will be a separate assessment of students’ practical skills which will be assessed throughout Year 1 and Year 2, and will result in students gaining a practical endorsement.
Biology students progress to a variety of courses and careers. Many students opt to study medically-related courses at university and progress into careers as doctors, dentists, vets etc.
A large number of students move into science-based careers such as genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and laboratory work.
Many students progress into non-biological courses and careers (Law, Accountancy, Business Studies) but find the key skills developed in their studies can be transferred.