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.

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Complementary Subjects.

Biology is a challenging subject which requires a broad blend of strong scientific, mathematical and communication skills. It fits well with any subject and will be useful to any degree path. Traditionally biology fits well with chemistry and nearly every student hoping to study a medical pathway will study these two subjects.

Maths Physics Chemistry Science

Career Pathways.

  • Microbiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Secondary school/College teacher
  • Dentist
  • General practice doctor
  • Sustainability consultant

Careers Page

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:

Nabila Latif
Ms Nabila Latif,
Biology Subject Leader

Assessment.

AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

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.