Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either. The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA.
In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology… and the work they do is vital to us all.
The first year has three units:
- Biology and Disease (75 min exam worth 17% A-level)
- The Variety of Living Organisms (105 min exam worth 23% of A-level)
- Practical Assignment (worth 10% of A-level)
These two topics will give you a solid grounding in Biology and the practical assignment will help sharpen your investigative skills.
The second year helps you build on that firm foundation. The unit structure is similar to Year 1, with the Units:
- Populations and Environment (90 min exam worth 17% of A-level)
- Control in Cells and Organisms (135 min exam worth 23% of A-level)
- Practical Assignment in another area of Biology (worth 10% of A-level)
Trips and Events
Throughout the course we offer many interesting and engaging trips
- Ecology field trip to Ainsdale
- Genetics Workshop at Nowgen
- Biology Olympiad (Stretch and Challenge)
- Manchester Lit. and Phil. Society evening lectures
- Nuffield Bursary placements
Career Opportunities and further study
An A level Biology qualification will enable to study many subjects at university including:
- Marine Biology
- Food Science
- Veterinary Science
Biology A-Level Specification on the AQA Website