Biology is the science of life. By studying Biology at A level, you will develop the skills and knowledge that are crucial to making connections and associations between the matter around you.

You'll have the chance to develop your own hypotheses as you investigate molecules, cells, organisms and genetics, conduct practical experiments such as animal dissection and explore the realms of cell division using microscopes.

Studying Biology could lead to a wide range of biological sciences at university, but it is also essential should you wish to pursue a career in clinical professions such as veterinary science and medicine.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Chemistry and A level Mathematics.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following units:

  • Biological molecules
  • Organisms and how they exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • How energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms and how they respond to changes in internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

In addition to the theoretical aspects of this A level, you will also be assessed on your practical ability in the laboratory. The practical's will equip you with the skills and confidence that you need to investigate the way living things behave and work.

An example of some of the experimental techniques include:

  • Using microscopes to see cell division
  • Dissection of animal or plant systems
  • Investigating activity within cells

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13 and assessments of your practical skills across year 12 and 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

Your should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including a grade 4 in English and a grade 5 (equivalent to grade B) or above, in maths and science or separate sciences.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Studying A level Biology allows you to go on to study a range of degrees at other universities or at our very own University Centre St Helens, studying FdSc Applied Microbiology, validated by university partner, University of Chester.

A level Biology is the first step to a range of interesting careers, such as zoology, medicine, nursing, forensics, pharmacology, food science, teaching and dentistry.

Ref: Debbie Pinchin Lee Bollans

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