Which came first, the enzyme or DNA? How do crickets find a mate in the dark? How do the cells in your body make 10,000 different types of protein? Are GM plants a good idea? If you want to know the answers to these questions and have more of your own then biology could be the perfect subject to choose.
A Level biology is challenging and extremely popular. The course is divided into a series of short topics so that knowledge and confidence develop and grow quickly. Studying biology will involve discussion, debate, individual work and research. Practical skills are essential in biology and are gained throughout the course along with analytical and problem solving skills.
Students study the AQA specification which is assessed at the end of year 13 when pupils will take three, two hour examinations. Paper one (35%) includes the topics of biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances, genetic information and variation. Paper two (35%) includes the topics of energy transfer, coordination and response, inheritance, populations, evolution and control of gene expression. Paper three (30%) covers all topics and assesses students’ practical skills, critical analysis of experimental data, and has an essay question.
The biology department offers a considerable amount of additional support. We offer preparation classes for both the UKCAT and BMAT university entrance examinations. The Life Science Society aims to enhance university applications by providing an opportunity to discuss and further understanding of fascinating current research.
Biology is an essential subject for any form of biomedical science, including medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and veterinary science. It is also a superb foundation for a future in research and is highly regarded by competitive courses. A level 7/A grade in GCSE biology (or 7-7/A-A in Double award science) is needed to be accepted.
“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”.