Contact for further information: Mr. Roland Miller
Why study Biology in the Sixth Form?
Biology is a science in which experimental work forms an essential part of the course of study. It is often necessary for students to handle material of living origin and the observation of dissected material may be necessary. The course involves lectures, laboratory work and field work. You are expected to attend a one-week ecology course at a Field Study Centre, which is used to collect data to support the A2 course.
The key topic areas are: Biological molecules, cells, Oragnisms exchange substances with their environment,, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms (A level only), Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A level only), genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A level only), the control of gene expression (A level only).
Where can Biology take me in the future?
The major fields of employment include: Agriculture, Education, Forestry, Horticulture, Industry (food processing, brewing, pest control, pharmaceuticals), Medical Research, Nature Conservancy, Radiobiology and Scientific Civil Service.
Students intending to take up careers in medicine, food science, veterinary science, nursing, farming and horticulture should include Biology as one of their A Level subjects
It is advisable for anyone intending to take up a biological career to include Chemistry as a supporting subject at A Level. In addition it is best to have at least a B grade in GCSE Maths.
What do the students say?
“Biology was my favourite subject at GCSE and I still enjoy it at A level. It gives you a good insight into all aspects of Biology which is useful if you would like to study a more specific topic in the future”.
Where can I find more information?
The course followed at AS and A Level is AQA Biology AS 7401 and A2 7402