A LEVEL BIOLOGY
Biology is a very popular A level. You will study a wide range of concepts and ideas from photosynthesis to DNA replication. A commitment to your studies is essential from day 1 of the course as the initial units underpin many of the more complex theory taught in year two.
Why Choose This?
Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. They try to understand how animals and organisms work (including us humans), how we evolved and the things that can make us sick or improve our health. As with the other sciences, biology helps you to build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills. If you study biology, you will likely find yourself working on group projects, which will help you build your teamwork and communication skills too. Biology is a facilitating A level subject and is highly regarded by universities.
Areas of Study & Assessment
You will study eight units of work covering cells, biological molecules, exchange and transport, genetics, biochemistry and response. At least four units will be covered in the first year.
Assessment is via 100% examination at the end of Year 13. You will also complete 12 required practicals which will be assessed within the examinations. There are five practical competencies (CPAC) that you have to have mastered by the end of the course. Your teacher will monitor your work in practical lessons and assess you against the exam board criteria. You will be expected to prepare for each lesson by studying the theory before each lesson and your teacher will assess you at key points throughout the course.
What Our Students Say
I chose to pick biology at A level due to my interest in all living organisms and plants and because of all the career possibilities it opens up. During this course I have learnt a variety of things ranging from DNA bases, cells and how our bodies fight infection, respiration and photosynthesis, evolution and the basic structures of life. I have also built up research, problem solving, and analytical skills which will help me when not only when I move on to university but also help with the rest of my A levels.