Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: Science

Why Should I Study This Course?

A Level Biology will give you an insight into the contemporary world of biology, covering a range of different contexts. This course combines academic challenge, relevant context and practical focus. You will learn about the impact biology has on research and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems across a range of biological concepts. This course will also help to develop transferable skills including : investigative, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical skills and analytical skills.

What Would I Study?

Photosynthesis, food production and management of the environment, The developing cell, individual and species, Patterns of inheritance, population genetics, epigenetics, and gene technologies, Pathogenic microorganisms, Controlling communicable diseases, The cellular basis of cancer and treatment, Respiratory diseases and treatment, Visual function, Homeostasis, osmoregulation, Cellular respiration, metabolism, and exercise, Fertility and assisted reproduction, Cells and microscopy, Transport systems in plants & mammals.

How and When is it Assessed?

3 examination papers: 2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes, taken at the end of the 2 year course.
A wide range of question types including: multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

Where Can This Course Take me?

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, medicine, veterinary, dentistry, biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can complement sports science, psychology, sociology and more. Career opportunities include biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. Transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.