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?)

Year 12:

• 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