Why study Biology?

Biology is an exciting branch of science concerned with all living things – it is the study of life itself. The study of biology connects us to the world we are living in and reminds us of our interconnectedness with all other life forms. Students learn to make more informed decisions about their own health (for example disease and the immune system) and about significant biological issues such as genetically modified crops, the use of antibiotics, and ecological conservation research. This course aims to deepen your knowledge of areas such as the above as well as introduce you to new areas like biochemistry and animal behaviour. Your practical and analytical laboratory skills will also be enhanced.

Biology is a deep and relevant science. As such, the A-level is an excellent course for those wishing to pursue scientific careers as well as those who wish to have a more rounded set of subjects in year 12 or 13. We sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us and that we can help you to achieve your goals.

Syllabus: A Level in Biology A (H420)
Examination Board: OCR

Course Requirements

Compulsory requirements:
  • 5A*-C GCSE grades, including an B in English Language and an B in Maths
  • Double Science BB or Triple Science BBB
Personal attributes
  • Proven commitment and drive to succeed.
  • Keen interest in biology.

Course Outline

AS Biology (Year 12)
Content is split into six teaching modules:
  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 – Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

How the Course is Assessed

Written exams in June of each year.

Links to Careers

Biology can lead directly to university courses and careers such as medicine, veterinary medicine, bioengineering, sports science, physiology, biomedical science, clinical science, genetics and clinical research and development.

Links to University

Various biological science courses available at a variety of HEI such as human biology, biomedical science, microbiology, genetics, genomics, proteomics, physiology and pharmacology leading to BSc degrees and beyond.

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