Biology is one of the group of highly-regarded A level subjects preferred by the top universities. An A level qualification in biology (often, but not always, in combination with other science subjects) opens up a wide range of exciting career possibilities.
A grade 5 in GCSE Maths is required along with a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Biology and one other science or double science.
As an international student you must:
In year one, you will study the core concepts of biology, biodiversity, classification, and physiology. In year two, you will study three components: energy for life, continuity of life and requirements for life, including an optional unit on neurobiology and behaviour.
Students will develop skills to allow independent learning and problem solving – a crucial element of being successful in this pure science subject. Practical work will be emphasised and students will be supported to complete the course with a practical endorsement alongside their A level qualification. Students will learn to answer questions by applying their knowledge to an unknown biological situation.
100% examined. All exams will take place at the end of the second year.
A Biology A level offers many opportunities for students to progress onto a range of science and non-science courses. The options of work experience available through the E6 Programme , alongside the Extended Project Qualification, allows students to develop additional skills which will be useful for university and apprenticeship applications.
This subject is well regarded by universities and employers and is one of the facilitating subjects. It is a course requirement for more courses than any other A level – particularly medicine, dentistry and veterinarian sciences, in addition to biochemistry, marine biology, bioengineering and many more non-science related subjects.
Final exams will take place in June of the second year.