Biologists are some of the most versatile and employable graduates in the country. Modern biology is developing at an enormous rate, providing us with the potential to cure diseases and repair our bodies, but also creating new dilemmas for our society. Understanding biology is essential to making informed decisions about our future. This two year course looks at cellular chemistry, evolution, the variety of living things, conservation, immunology, biodiversity, pathology, diet, food production and health. As well as how living things are controlled, how we are able to manipulate them through biotechnology, how they get their energy and how we can manage our environment sustainably.
Whilst Biology is a natural fit with the other sciences, the versatility of the subject material means it is easily integrates with subjects of a non scientific nature. Students taking subjects such as English, Photography and Art benefit greatly from the use of methodical and logical thinking. You will need good written English and the ability to read and interpret questions carefully.
Modern science laboratories and equipment, active experimentation, interactive teaching and learning.
What you'll learn
- Biological molecules
- Cells, viruses and reproduction
- Exchange and transport
- Classification, evolution and biodiversity
- Energy for biological processes
- Microbiology and disease
- Control mechanisms
All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.
We follow the Pearson Edexcel A Level Biology B specification
How you'll learn and be assessed
You will learn through a range of activities in lessons including problem-solving, lectures, group work, presentations, practicals, use of online resources and written exercises. Independent study will comprise tasks such as self-guided research and revision and practice exam questions.
Enrichment and personal development opportunities include trips and visits, exploring career options and competitions.
Written exams: 3 papers taken at the end of the second year assessing your knowledge and understanding of theory topics and practical procedures. Your combined scores across these 3 paper determine your grade (A-E)
Practical endorsement: Over the 2-year course, you will carry out 16 core practicals assessing a range of practical skills. This is reported separately from your grade as a Pass or Fail.
Degrees or careers in medicine, genetics, forensics, biomedical science, veterinary science, pharmacology, environmental science, physiotherapy, biochemistry or marine biology.
5 GCSES at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. A GCSE in double Science or Biology at grade 6 is essential.