Biology is the scientific study of life; discovering how organisms function and how they interact with other living things. It helps you understand how science contributes to society and the economy. It is a practical subject which allows you to develop key skills which help to understand how science works.
Biology is a good subject to study alongside another science or mixed with humanities subjects. It develops crucial skills such as analysis, evaluation and application. This makes it an excellent subject when applying to university and people with an A Level in Biology have gone on to study a wide range of subjects – medicine, sports and the environment, to name just a few.
Biology is a very popular subject at the College. Over the last few years there have been up to 80 students taking the course, due no doubt to the quality of teaching, support of students and the consistently good results our students achieve.
We follow the AQA specification; a course that we believe provides a first-rate introduction to biology.
In the first year you will study some key areas of biology to give you a firm grounding for further study. These units are composed of the following
In the second year you will continue to examine the subject in greater depth and fully appreciate the beauty and complexity of biological systems. These units include the following:
Throughout both years there will again be a list of practical activities which you must carry out. Exams will include questions based on these practicals.
Three exams containing a mix of short and long answer questions plus an essay-style question on Paper 3.
Minimum 66555 including 6 in Biology (or additional Science) and 5 in Mathematics.