The A level course is split into eight units, covering the following topics:
1. Biological molecules
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A level only)
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A level only)
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A level only)
8. The control of gene expression (A level only)
We run courses throughout the Sixth Form to help extend our pupils. These may include the CREST scheme, where we encourage gold level participation, Biology Olympiad, running the science club, running a dissection club, a week biology field course and external speakers.
Beyond A level
Many of our students go on to study biology related courses at university. An increasing number of
students each year are successful in obtaining places on highly competitive courses including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and a variety of courses at Oxford or Cambridge Universities. The following courses are typical of the variety of biology related courses taken up by our Biology students: Medicine, Dentistry, Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Sports Science, Radiotherapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Forensic Science, Neuroscience, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Optometry.
Other students use biology as a valuable and interesting subject that develops and demonstrates skills
in literacy, numeracy analysis and evaluation, which are essential in higher education the workplace and life in general.
Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Biology or Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Sciences Dual Award (with high scores in the Biology units). Owing to the mathematical content of the course, a good understanding of Mathematics is also important: we recommend grade 6 or above at GCSE. Practical work lies at the heart of the sciences and this course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality and equip students with essential practical skills. Students who satisfy the practical requirements of the course will be awarded a separate “Practical Endorsement” alongside their A level grade.