Biology A Level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that is not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers including being a doctor, veterinarian, marine biologist, dentist, nature conservation officer and research scientist, to name a few.
A Level biology lasts for two years, with examinations at the end of the second year.
Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course, you will carry out practical activities including using microscopes to see cell division, dissection of animal or plant systems, and aseptic technique to study microbial growth.
Biological modules: energy transfers in and between organisms;
•Cells: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments;
•Organisms exchange substances with their environment: Genetics, populations, evolution, and ecosystems;
•Genetic information variation and relationships between organisms: The control of gene expression.
These practical activities will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a biology-based subject at university, you have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.
There are no practical assessments on this course; however, your performance during practical work is assessed.
There are three examinations at the end of the two years of A Level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A Level biology are based on what you learn in your practical work.
Five GCSE's at grade 5 or above (including English and Mathematics) as a base requirement, with the following subject specific criteria:
Grade 6 in biology and one other science plus grade 6 in mathematics and grade 6 in English