About.

We are biological organisms that survive in a living world. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics ranging from genetics, molecular biology to the study of the ecosystems and from microorganisms to the origins of life itself. Our future, as a species rests on our understanding of health, disease and our sustainable interactions with our fragile environment and its biodiversity.

Career Pathways.

  • Higher education lecturer
  • Microbiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Biological engineer
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician associate
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Research scientist (medical)
  • Secondary school/College teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Dentist
  • General practice doctor
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Science writer
  • Sustainability consultant

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Student Views.

As a year 12 biologist it is exciting to learn about what makes you tick. In the future I hope to pursue a career in biology and find classes really interesting as you get to learn in depth all about the world around you.

- Prableen Minhas
Further Information.

If you require further information on any aspect of the course you should contact the following:

Prashant Kundalia
Mr Prashant Kundalia,
Biology Subject Lead

Assessment.

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

Structure
Modules
Assessment
2 Year course – three exams at end of the second year

5 × 60 Minute lesson per week + independent study tasks

Practical skills are assess in the exams and in log books which gives students a ‘Practical Endorsement’ – this is a separate qualification in laboratory skills used in lessons
Unit 1 - Practical Skills in Biology

Unit 2 - Foundations in Biology

Unit 3 - Exchange and Transport

Unit 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and Disease

Unit 5 - Communication, Homeostasis and energy

Unit 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
The A-level is assessed as three exams:

EXAM 1
Biological processes (100 marks) 2 hour 15 minutes written paper; constituting 37% of total A level, based on Modules 1,2,3 & 5

EXAM 2
Biological diversity (100 marks) 2 hour 15 minutes written paper; constituting 37% of total A level, on modules 1,2,4 & 6.

EXAM 3
Unified biology (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes written paper;

Constituting 26% of total A level, based on all modules.