Biology

Is Biology the subject for you?

Yes, if you are a person who has an interest in the living world that surrounds you. Yes, if you want to develop a deep understanding of the organization and working of living organisms and systems. Yes, if you want to be involved in high level experimental and investigative work and develop and develop an extended understanding of the link between theory and scientific method.

The aims of this course are to encourage students to:

  • Develop interest in and enthusiasm for Biology and understand how different areas of Biology relate to each other.
  • Appreciate the impact of Biological Science on society.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the scientific process and experimental work.

Course content

In Year 12 students study three units; Cells Exchange and Transport; Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health; Practical skills. In year 13 students study a further three units; Communication, Homeostasis and Energy; Control, Genomes and Environment; Practical Skills.

Methods of study

Students will learn to describe, explain and interpret phenomena and effects in terms of biological principles and concepts presenting arguments and ideas clearly and logically. The lessons will vary in style from practical and student centred investigations to demonstrations and teacher investigations.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Most universities offer biology as a single or joint honours degree. Biology combines well with other science subjects and often provides a background to careers in medicine, nursing, veterinary science, environmental science, physiotherapy, food science and teaching.