Biology is the study of all living things. You will look at how individual molecules interact with each other, how they form tissues, organs and organisms and how these organisms interact with their environment on a global scale. Studying biology will develop your understanding of the living world and enable you to explore the applications and implications of this living science.
To succeed in A Level Biology, you will need a sound understanding of the concepts covered in GCSE Dual Award or Triple Science. It does not matter if you have completed GCSE Dual Award (Core and Additional) or GCSE separate Sciences.
The successful study of any science also relies heavily upon sound numerical skills.
Students will need GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above.
Taking Double Award Science? You will need at least grade 6/6.
Taking Triple Award Science? You will need at least grade 6 in Biology.
Learning & Assessment
Modules / Topics
- Biological molecules
- Exchange with the Environment
- Energy Transfer In and Between Organisms
- Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
- Organisms and Response to Internal and External Environments
- Control of Gene Expression
Trips / Visits / Enrichment
Previous student have attended a Newcastle University Biomedical Workshop, a Field studies investigation at St. Mary’s Lighthouse and a Sunderland University Microbiology Workshop.
Three exams at the end of second year
- Paper 1 covers topics 1-4: 2 hours, 35% of A Level
- Paper 2 covers topics 5-8: 2 hours, 35% of A Level
- Paper 3 covers topics 1-8: 2 hours, 30% of A Level
What do our students say?
The Biology course is extremely interesting, allowing you to look at developments at the forefront of science, such as DNA technology, along with understanding the most base components of life on the planet.
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