Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go onto careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of
the skills essential for a successful career.
Are there any recommendations for entry to the course?
You will need to obtain a minimum of grade 6-6 in GCSE Core and Additional Science or a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Biology. Students who take Biology often also study a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, PE, Chemistry and Physics.
What will I study?
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths.
The course stimulates the enthusiasm of students from the start. It emphasises the way in which biologists work and the contributions of Biology to society. Topics studied during the year include Biological Molecules, Cells and Genetics.
During U6, the course continues the approach taken in the previous year. There are additional sections on Advanced Genetics, Populations and Gene Expression.
How will I be assessed?
There are three examination papers covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the course and an additional practical endorsement.
What can study of this subject lead to?
Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.
Is there anything else I should know?
The Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills: how to collect data and evaluate it; how to investigate facts and use deduction; how to put over your point of view effectively; how to take responsibility for your own learning.