Biology

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – Edexcel A
(Salters-Nuffield)

Course Description

Biology is arguably the most exciting and one of the fastest developing areas of science today. It impacts on everyone’s lives and holds out hope to remedy some of our most pressing issues.

Some areas exploding with new ideas and applications include genetically engineering, designing and creating new drugs; creating gene banks for threatened species; devising fertility treatments; curing genetic diseases; developing new sources of food; reducing our impact on the planet and so much more. You will gain sufficient insight to understand revolutionary breakthroughs that occur on a daily basis, and thus contribute to contemporary debates about issues such as the use of stem cells for Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease, or treatments for HIV.

You will employ a variety of skills that not only develop your biological knowledge but also your ability to plan and conduct experiments, collect accurate data, analyse data and evaluate information.

Our STEM club complements the Science courses by allowing you to develop your own practical project and maybe even gain a Crest Award.

Biology A Level provides an essential grounding for studying a range of biological / biomedical sciences degrees at university. It is also valued by employers as it shows a capacity for structured thinking and problem-solving.

Interesting fact about studying this subject at S6C

Biology at S6C is taught in modern, purpose built labs. The course involves lots of practical work which prepares you for the study of science at university. The practical work is carefully planned to meet the practical endorsement certificate which is an essential part of the course and includes DNA profiling and dissection.

Assessment

The A Level course is examined through three external examinations, each two hours long.
Paper 1 – Natural Environment and Species Survival
Paper 2 – Energy Exercise and Coordination
Paper 3 – General and Practical Applications in Biology
The practical endorsement for the course is internally assessed but externally monitored.
10% of the assessment will be using mathematics and statistical testing.

Equipment Required: Scientific Calculator

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4

Subject Specific Requirements

Level 5 – English
Level 6 – Biology or Combined Science
Level 5 – Mathematics

What Our Students Think

“The lessons are fun and interactive with plenty of practicals and variety. There’s something for everyone on this course.”
Selina, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School