Biology

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • You are interested in the science of life and how organisms function and interact.
  • Biology affects everyone through medical science and scientific developments such as curing genetic diseases, developing drugs, fertility treatments and improving nutrition.
  • You want to study changes in the environment and how species are affected.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year 1 (AS) – you study biological molecules, cells, organisms exchange substances with their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Year 2 (A-Level) – you also study energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression. There is an emphasis on applying your knowledge to unfamiliar situations as well as application of maths and practical skills.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – two exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three exams (including an essay)

Practical skills will be assessed throughout and in the written exams.

Progress will be monitored through assessments and progress tests.

 

PROGRESSION

Wide range of career opportunities from Medicine, Veterinary Science, Environmental Health, Pharmacy, Sports Science, Animal Health and Psychology to Teaching and Television, Management and Marketing.