Biology

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

Course Description

By choosing this course, you will be studying an exciting and fast developing area of science. During the first year of the course you will study anatomy, such as the heart, and diseases relevant to the heart. You will also study genetics, cell structure and cell division, ecology, and classification of species, combined with stem cells, gene therapy and gene testing.

In your second year, you will look more in depth at ecosystems, immunity and infections, forensic techniques, respiration and photosynthesis, the anatomy of muscles, and the structure and function of different areas of the brain.

What next?

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 skills.

Topics

The Natural Environment and Species Survival

Energy Exercise and Coordination

General and Practical Applications in Biology

Assessment

Examination 100%

Additional Activities

Gene technology activity— a forensic DNA fingerprinting exercise.

Ecology Conference at Marwell Zoo

Student Financial Contribution: Purchase of course textbook

Entry Requirements

Þ Minimum 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above

Þ At least grade 6 in GCSE Maths and GCSE Biology

Þ At least grade 5 in GCSE English

What Our Students Think

“The lessons are fun and interactive with plenty of practicals and variation. There’s something for everyone on this course.”

Selina, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School