Biology

Why is life on Earth so varied? How do our bodies build themselves? How do the principles of Chemistry and Physics shape animal and plant existence? Biology has the answers... 

Course Overview
Year 1

Biological molecules.
Cells (structure of cells, microscopy, cell division, transport across membranes, immune system).
Organisms exchange substances with their environment. 
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Year 2

Energy transfers in and between organisms.
Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
The control of gene expression.

Progression

University courses including (but not limited to); biology; microbiology; medicine and nursing; veterinary sciences; marine biology; oceanography; biochemistry; environmental science; genetics; psychology; health and social care; physiotherapy; zoology.

Careers

Biology; genetics; physiology; pharmacy; physiotherapy; medicine; nutrition; occupational therapy, sports science; biomedical science; biochemistry; nursing; veterinary science; psychology; environmental science.

We have about the same number of hairs on our bodies as a chimpanzee.

Year 13 student

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Grades 6 in combined science or grade 6 in two separate sciences (including the science selected to study).

Assessment:

External exams with a mixture of short and long answer questions including extended response, comprehension, critical analysis experimental data and an essay from a choice of two titles.

Internally awarded practical endorsement.

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Animal Behaviour studies at the zoo, residential field trips.

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