Biology is a highly valued academic subject which can lead to a wide range of courses and careers. Most students who study Biology progress on to further study at University, on a wide range of undergraduate degrees including Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Clinical/Medical Science, and Bio-technology. However, other progression routes, such as into Apprenticeships and directly into Employment are possible. You will study a wide range of concepts and ideas from photosynthesis to DNA replication. A commitment to your studies is essential from day 1 of the course as the initial units underpin many of the more complex theories taught in year two.
Why choose this?
Biology is a facilitating A Level subject and is highly regarded by universities. Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. They try to understand how animals and organisms work (including us humans), how we evolved, and the things that can make us sick or improve our health. As with the other sciences, biology helps you to build research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills. You will have the opportunity to work both independently and as part of a team, which will help you build your interpersonal and communication skills.
Areas of study & assessment
You will study 8 units in total across the two years:
- Biological Molecules
- Organisms exchange substances with the environment
- Genetic Information and Variation
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- The control of gene expression
All content will be assessed externally in the form of written examinations at the end of the two years of study. As well as the written examinations students will be required to complete 12 required practicals during the course and will be assessed throughout the course using Five practical competencies (CPAC). Each CPAC must also be mastered by the end of the course.
- University based masterclasses
- University based lectures
I chose to pick biology at A level due to my interest in all living organisms and plants and because of all the career possibilities it opens up. During this course I have learnt a variety of things ranging from DNA bases, cells and how our bodies fight infection, respiration and photosynthesis, evolution and the basic structures of life. I have also built up research, problem solving, and analytical skills which will help me when not only when I move on to university but also help with the rest of my A levels.Biology A Level student