How is the course delivered?
Through a mixture of theory and practical based lessons.
Is this course suitable for me?
Yes, if you have enjoyed Biology at GCSE, will achieve at least 6-6 in Combined Science and would like to develop your biological understanding further.
Is there anything else I can do before I start the course?
You should have studied Science to Intermediate level by taking either double Award Science
GCSE or GNVQ Intermediate. You may have taken Biology as a separate subject at GCSE.
What are the mandatory modules or units?
(What will I have to study?)
• Foundations in Biology (cell structure, biological molecules, enzymes, cell division, biological membranes, nucleotides and nucleic acids)
• Exchange and Transport (Exchange surfaces, transport in animals and plants)
• Biodiversity, evolution and disease (communicable diseases, disease prevention,
immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution)
• Development of practical skills in Biology
Year 13: Year 12 content plus the following:
• Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (photosynthesis, respiration, excretion,
homeostasis and hormones)
• Genetics evolution and ecosystems (cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning, biotechnology, sustainability and ecosystems)
• Practical Skills In Biology
What materials do I have to provide?
All class notes should be organised into topic files. You will need to purchase a textbook at the start of the course – Approximate cost £20
What can I do after this course?
A Level Biology can lead to a wide range of degree courses in science, medicine or research.
What careers would this course be useful for?
A wide range of careers including medicine, nursing, sports science, veterinary science, marine biology, physiotherapy, radiology or non-science based careers such as apprenticeships, primary teaching or accountancy.
Who can I contact for more information?
Miss F Messom – Head of Biology