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Biology

  • Biology is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects.  Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA.  Because biologists deal with the natural world, their jobs can take them anywhere, from laboratories to zoos to ocean liners in the arctic and fieldwork in the Amazon jungle.

Biology opens up exciting career possibilities. From conservation to cancer research, biologists are tackling important 21st century challenges.
Whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

  • Exam structure / weightings

There are three papers that pupils will take at the end of Year 13: Biological Processes 2hrs 15mins worth 37% (covering modules 1, 2, 3 and 5), Biological Diversity 2hrs 15mins worth 37% (covering modules 1, 2, 4 and 6), and Unified Biology 1hr 30mins worth 26% (covering all modules).There is also a non-exam component to assess practical skills by showing competency in twelve practical skills over the course of the A Level.

  • Career Opportunities

Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Veterinary Science, Dentist, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Science, Sport Science, Marine Biology, Zoology, Microbiologist, Ecologist, Biotechnology, Forensic Science, Nutritionist.

 

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

Year 12

Cell Microscopy
Plant Transport

Plasma Membranes
Exchange Surfaces

Cell
divisionAnimal Transport

Communicable Diseases
Biological Molecules

Classification and Evolution          DNA and Enzymes

Year 13

Photosynthesis
Respiration
Excretion
Ecosystems
Cellular Control
Inheritance
Nerves
Hormones
Cloning
Biotechnology
Manipulating Genomes
Plant and Animal Responses Revision