What is Biology?
Biology is the study of life, from the largest animals to our own microscopic cell structure – it enables you to explain how organisms work and how they evolved which can be used to inform public health, conservation and resource development.
What will I study?
The course will cover all key aspects of Biology, including: biological molecules (DNA, carbohydrates etc.), cells (structure, transport, division), exchange (gas exchange, cardiovascular system), genetics (evolution, inheritance, population, technologies), energy transfer (photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient cycles) and response to changes (nervous system, homeostasis). The course has many opportunities to discuss ethics, research methods and begin the process of applying your knowledge to real-world scenarios.
Upon completing the course, as well as an in-depth understanding of the natural world, you will also have many transferable skills including essay-writing, organisation, independent research and analysis which are incredible important for university studies or employment.
How will I be assessed?
External assessments take place at the end of Year 13 and are 3 x 2 hour exams including a synoptic exam with an essay component.
Who should study A Level Biology?
Biology is an excellent A-Level choice for ambitious students who have a genuine curiosity for the natural world. You will need to be highly motivated, have excellent organisation skills and most importantly, an enthusiasm for learning Biology.