Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The fascinating and complex study of biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and use the theory you learn to design and carry out various experiments.
A-level: two years
You will need to have averaged B grades across the majority of your GCSEs, including BB for Science or BBB minimum in triple Science and at least a grade 6 for Mathematics.
Biology is a challenging A-level, you will need to demonstrate strong academic ability. If you are studying GCSE applied science, you will not be able to take Science A-levels but could study level 3 BTEC in medical science (applied science) or level 3 BTEC in forensic science (applied science).
What will I study?
The AS-level course will focus on:
- lifestyle-related risks to health
- genetic disease
- the genome
- plants and biodiversity
- environment and survival
- energy, exercise and co-ordination
On the course you will:
- undertake practical laboratory work including using a high- powered microscope
- visit conferences, museums and scientific organisations
- attend field trips to study different ecosystems
Method of assessment
You will be assessed by examinations and practical assessments throughout the course. We follow the Salters- Nuffield syllabus for biology, which explores the issues behind science as well as the science itself.
What will I be able to progress to?
After completing the course, you will be able to progress to university to study a wide range of subjects. You will need a high grade in A-level Biology if you wish to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy or other Medicine-related degrees at university.