People will always require healthy food, novel medicines, clean water, sensibly-produced crops, and fuel that is carbon neutral. Without a work force well trained in the biological sciences, none of this will happen. From treetops to ocean trenches, ecosystems to organ systems and dinosaurs to DNA – Biology is the study of life.

We offer our students an outstanding educational experience through a combination of high quality teaching, plenty of classroom practicals and a wide range of science excursions and visits.

You will have a Personal Coach who supports and guides you through the course. You will meet with your coach for group meetings and for personal one to one meetings on a regular basis.

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills inherent in GCSE Science and Mathematics. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Biology separately; trilogy science provides a good grounding for the study of A-level Biology. The qualification integrates theory and relevant practical work, and teaching is designed to encourage a problem-solving approach to learning.

You will need to be able to communicate effectively, research and think critically and independently about biological problems. There is a significant mathematical element.

A Level Biology covers the following topics:

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What will I learn?

The aims of the course are to encourage students to:

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject, both animal and plant based, frequently on a molecular level, and how they relate to each other

  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and the careers associated with the subject

How will I be assessed?

You will sit school assessments at the end of each half-term to monitor you progress and an AS exam in the summer of year 12.

In June, Year 13 you will sit your external examinations. The exams will comprise of:

Paper 1: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 2: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 3: 2 hours, 78 marks, 30% of A Level

Coursework practicals will no longer contribute to the grade, but there will be a series of twelve compulsory practical activities that will be reported on a pass or fail basis.

Progression:

Higher education courses in Biology, Soil Scientist and Zoology.

Careers:

  • Biologist

  • Bioengineering

  • Medicine