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Biology

Course Overview
Course type

A-level (Pearson)

Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

You will need to have averaged grade 6 across the majority of your GCSEs, including 5.5 for science or 5.5 minimum in triple Science and GCSEs in maths (grade 5.5) and English (grade 5.5)

Biology is a challenging A level so you will need to demonstrate strong academic ability. If you are studying GCSE Applied Science or Level 2 BTEC Science, you will not be able to take Science A levels but could study Level 3 BTEC in Medical Science (Applied Science) see page 103 or level 3 BTEC in Forensic Science (Applied Science) see page 61.

Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The study of Biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and apply your knowledge in practical work.



The course will focus on:
  • lifestyle-related risks to health
  • genetic disease
  • the genome
  • plants and biodiversity
  • environment and survival
  • energy, exercise and co-ordination
On the course you will:
  • undertake practical laboratory work including using a high-powered microscope
  • visit conferences, museums and scientific organisations
  • attend field trips to study different ecosystems

Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The study of Biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and apply your knowledge in practical work.



Method of assessment

You will be assessed by written examinations and internally assessed practicals throughout the course.

We follow the Salters-Nuffield syllabus for Biology which explores the issues behind science as well as the science itself.

Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The study of Biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and apply your knowledge in practical work.



What will I be able to progress to?

After completing the course, you will be able to progress to university to study a wide range of subjects.

You will need a high grade in A level Biology if you wish to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy or other medicine-related degrees at university.

Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The study of Biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and apply your knowledge in practical work.