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Biology A Level

Awarding Body


A Level

100% examination (at the end of the course)

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
GCSE (6-6-5) in two sciences and maths; must include 6 in biology (if taken)

Why should I study this course?

Earth has the only example of life known in the universe, how will we survive the sixth great extinction we are living through? How can we combat global warming and deal with the massive effects of climate change? How can we use our knowledge of genetics to feed the world, supply it with medicine and fuels? How do forensic sciences work? What makes us tick, and what makes us sick? How did plants make the world the breathable livable place we know today? Why are you able to read and think about all this in the first place? A-level biology answers, at least in part, all of these question and more!

What will I learn?

Anatomy and cell biology:- How the micro machines, the building blocks of life work. What why are made from, how their organelles interact with each other and the environment. How they reproduce and what can go wrong.

Microbiology: How our cells know what their roles are and how the carry them out. How they can turn simple amino acids into complex machines and building materials that make up you and every living thing.

Environmental sciences: How we document life around us. How we know species are in decline. How we know that humans are responsible for climate change and what impact if could have if we do not act on the evidence

Forensics: How to identify a body and determine its time of death. DNA fingerprinting, teeth and entomology are just a few of the techniques used to solve crimes.

Immunology: learn about the different varieties of white blood cells and their roles in protecting us from germs - ones we’ve already met and ones that have not even existed yet.

Bioenergetics: Respiration - the reaction happening in all of our cells all of the time - it’s more than just a word equation. Photosynthesis - responsible for all the oxygen you breath - the secrets and potential uncovered.

Neuroscience: What makes you think, learn and interact with your environment. How your systems interact as you growth to form the thinking organism you are today.

How will I learn?

You will be taught by two teachers covering half the course each. Taught in class using a vast range of activities. You will gain many soft skills from note taking to presenting, group working and spreadsheets. There will be a great emphasis of laboratory work and how practical biology ties is with the theory. Home Learning and assessments will give you the skills to pass the exams.

What can I do with my qualification?

 A biology A-level opens many, many doors. From the white hot edge of world leading research in genetics, environmental science, marine biology, medicine, pharmacology, zoology, forestry, conservation, physiotherapy, sport science, botany, food science, and forensics to name a few.

Biology is linked to every aspect of life.

What do students say?

"I had no idea how much this affected us all" on climate change.
"You can change the world with this can’t you?" on genetics
"If you really understand this you could do anything" on genetics