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A Level Biology

A Level Biology

You will be excited about the developments being made in our understanding of living organisms, the way they have evolved, how they function and play a part in their environment.

You should have a commitment to apply yourself fully to what is a challenging subject. A good Biologist needs both mathematical and literacy skills. A Level Biology emphasises the way in which biologists collect and analyse scientific data. The course starts with understanding biological molecules and then using this knowledge to develop an understanding of cells and organisms. The second year of the course develops knowledge about population including energy flow in the ecosystem and population genetics.

The course also develops an understanding of more complex biochemistry such as muscle contraction. Learning about genetics is applied to understanding technologies such as genetic modification and DNA fingerprinting. There is a Pass or Not Pass practical component of the A Level Biology qualification. This practical part of the course is teacher assessed. Outstanding attendance is required so that practical sessions are not missed.

Course Content

You will be taught through a mixture of theory and experimental work, supported by independent study using online resources. You will be prepared well both for written papers and practical assessment.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

To study biology at this level you need to have a grade 6 or better in GCSE biology or grade 6 or better in GCSE additional science, having studied for the higher tier papers.  You also need to have a grade 5 or better in GCSE Maths, in addition to the general entry requirements.  If you wish to study biological or medical sciences at university, you must take A level chemistry alongside biology. Be aware that the exams for this course include 20% of marks for applying higher level GCSE maths skills to data about Biology. New maths skills e.g. statistical tests are taught as part of the course.


What opportunities will this lead to?

Biology students go on to Higher Education courses, studying a variety of life science related degrees e.g. health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, or nursing. Many students combine A Level Biology and Chemistry. A Level Chemistry is usually required for Biology degrees. Many A Level Biology students progress to Apprenticeships and some to direct employment.

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