The Biology course builds on concepts and skills developed in GCSE Science. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The course presents essential principles in contexts that we know students find interesting. It will stimulate the enthusiasm of students from the start. The course emphasises the way in which scientists work and the contributions of science to modern society. The content involves a wide range of biological topics. In Year 12 you will study cells, biological molecules, disease, immunology, variation, genetics and evolution.
In Biology you will focus on the following content and skills:
Developing essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
Selecting, organising and communicating relevant information in a variety of forms
Applying scientific knowledge and processes to unfamiliar situations including those related to issues
Assessing the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific information
Demonstrating and describing ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques and processes, selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods.
Biology will be assessed in the form of written exams. As well as traditional exams, which will be based on the scientific content, there will also be written exams which assess ‘How Science Works’. There will also be a practical skills endorsement which will be assessed throughout the course, based on the teacher’s observation of practical ability. This will not form part of the final ‘A’ Level grade, but will be a separate endorsement.
For careers such as medicine, physiotherapy, midwifery, pharmacology, research scientist and science teaching, an ‘A’ level in Biology is vital. It obviously prepares you well for any Biology related degree such as Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology, Genetics and Pharmacology. In addition to these, it can help prepare you for other degrees such as Sports Science, Geography, Environmental Chemistry and Psychology. Biology is held in high esteem by many universities as it is a traditional ‘A’ level and they know that success in Biology is not an easy task. A good ‘A’ level in Biology proves you have good problem solving skills, analytical skills, numeracy, literacy and a logical brain.