Biology: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs. Sophie Guy

Why study Biology?

• Biology is a subject for life! It is difficult to avoid Biology today as any newspaper or television programme may well contain references to GM foods, cloning, vaccines, cures for cancer, searching for life on Mars, diet, bringing a mammoth back to life, rain forests, why the dinosaurs disappeared, feeding the world, saving a rare species or organ transplantation

• You will develop the knowledge and skills needed for research, analysis, practical investigations and application of knowledge. All of these skills are needed for further study and are easily transferable into a range of different employment opportunities.

What’s it all about?

• You will study aspects of both animal and plant biology

• During the AS we will cover topics such as cells, transport systems, exchange surfaces, biological molecules, disease, enzymes, biodiversity, classification and evolution

• We will move on to homeostasis, photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, behaviour, nervous system, hormones, excretion and ecosystems for the full A Level.

When will I be assessed?

• The AS level qualification has two exams with equal weighting. Paper 1 contains multiple choice and structured questions. Paper 2 contains structured and extended response questions. These will be examined in June

• The A Level qualification has three exams. All three papers contain structured and extended response questions. Papers 1 and 2 also contain multiple choice questions. Paper 3 is a synoptic paper. All three papers will contain material from throughout the course. These will be examined in June

• There are 12 practical activities that must be completed as a minimum. These will be assessed as part of the above exams. The practical activities will also be awarded either a pass or fail.

What could it lead to?

• Biology can be studied with almost any other A Level subject and may lead to many different careers in science, business and the arts

• Universities have individually confirmed that this qualification fulfils their entry requirements when achieved alongside other qualifications

• Past students have gone on to study biomedical science, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, veterinary medicine and forensics, to name a few.

Additional entry requirements?

• Automatic entry requires at least AA GCSE Science. Students achieving BB will usually be allowed to progress to A level Biology after interview with the Head of Subject. You will also require at least grade C in GCSE English and Maths.