A-Level Biology

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging
from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems, from microorganisms to mammoths. It is the science of life and looks at the ways organisms function and interact. Biology is a dynamic area which can touch everyone through medical science and scientific developments such as curing genetic diseases, developing drugs, fertility treatments and new foods. 

“I’ve always been interested in science - one of my favourite books is James Watson’s Molecular biology of the gene.” Bill Gates 

Entry requirements

Alongside the general entry requirements to Sixth Form, students must have grade 7 or above in either Separate science or Combined Science.

What this course leads onto

Students who take A-level Biology can go on to study Veterinary Science, Medicine, Optometry Psychology, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Microbiology, Forensic Science, Biophysics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Botany, Zoology, Ecology and Environmental Science and of course, Biology.

Course content

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • 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 

Ways to help my child succeed

Each pupil will be fully supported in the transition from GCSE to A-Level, providing coaching and help to develop the independent learning skills required to succeed at a level. In addition each pupil receives a text book, course handbook, online resources and revision sessions at lunch or after school are available at important times of the year.

 As a parent you can encourage them to discuss current topics with you.  Watch science documentaries.  There are many opportunities for enrichment outside the classroom including lectures, seminars and workshops.

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