BIOLOGY

LEVEL: 3 A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 97% IN 2018

Biology is a subject that can provide you with great enjoyment and respect for all living things. It introduces you to some of the exciting new advances being made in modern Biology, including the influence of genes on our development, environmental issues and some of the ethical and technological aspects of the subject.

In the first year we cover cell structure, biological molecules, DNA and cell division, enzymes, communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity and classification and evolution.

In the second year of the course we cover homeostasis, excretion, nervous and hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration as well as some of the newer areas of biology such as cloning, biotechnology and manipulating genomes.

You will develop your mathematical skills to analyse and draw conclusions from a variety of data sources. You will also develop your English skills to enable you to use specialist scientific terminology correctly. You will be expected to work independently outside of the classroom and as the specification is so large you will need a good memory.

We strongly encourage students to take other science A Levels alongside this course in order to strengthen the skills needed to be successful in Biology.

Biology supports a wide range of careers including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Health Care, Food Science, Conservation and Sports Science.

 

I really enjoy biology and my teachers gives up so much of their time to help me.

Biology A Level student

 

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language. It is recommended you have a GCSE grade 6/B in Mathematics and a Science.

Is there a Human Biology course?

There is no Human Biology A Level available. However, a large proportion of the Biology course content is made up of human or mammalian biology. Universities like to see you have studied some plants and micro-organisms too.

Is there much practical work?

Yes! As much as possible. We offer a wide range of practicals to consolidate your learnt theory and this helps our students to perform particularly well in exam questions based around practicals. We also offer a field trip to Braunton Burrows to study sand dune succession.