Biology is an exciting and constantly changing discipline, where new developments in research are made almost on a daily basis. This course allows you opportunities to discover many aspects of biology, from the simple molecules that allow life to exist, to the interdependence of living organisms across the planet.

Throughout the course we aim to develop your scientific methodology, awareness of the advances in technology and recognition of the value of biology in society.

Curriculum

  • AS Level
     > Biological molecules
     > Cells
     > Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
     > Organisms, substances and environment
  • A Level
    – Energy transfers in and between organisms
    – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
    – Organisms, response and internal / external environments
    – The control of gene expression

Assessment

During your course you will take three terminal exams:

  • Paper 1
    What is assessed? Sections 1 – 4, including relevant practical skills.
    How am I assessed? Written exam worth 91 marks. It counts as 35% of your A Level.
    Content: Short and long answer questions (76 marks) and extended response questions (15 marks).
    Duration: 2 hours.
  • Paper 2
    What is assessed? Sections 5 – 8, including relevant practical skills.
    How am I assessed? Written exam worth 91 marks. It counts as 35% of your A Level.
    Content: Short and long answer questions (76 marks) and comprehension questions (15 marks).
    Duration: 2 hours.
  • Paper 3
    What is assessed? Sections 1 – 8, including relevant practical skills.
     How am I assessed? Written exam worth 78 marks. It counts as 30% of your A Level.
    Content: Structured questions, including practical techniques (38 marks); critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks) and one essay from a choice of two titles (25 marks).
    Duration: 2 hours.

Opportunities

  • Biology Olympiad
    The Biology Olympiad is an opportunity for you to expand and extend your talents! The Olympiad enables you to demonstrate you knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes.

  • Trips
    The department offers trips to the Centre for Life, Chester Zoo and a Summer residential field trip to study ecology on the East Yorkshire coast.

Future Paths

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Biology, you could progress to university.
    Potential courses include:
    > Biology
    > Chemistry
    > General Studies
    > Mathematics
    > Psychology

  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with a Biology qualification include:
    > Microbiology
    > Nature Conservation
    > Pharmaceuticals
    > Research Science
    > Teaching