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Biology is an exciting, cutting edge science. The understanding of cell and molecular biology, ecology, genetics and evolution is essential to the continuing progress of society.
The school follows the AQA specification. The course is split up into eight modules, which will allow clear progression pathways, from GCSE to A Level, through to higher education. Each module covers different key concepts of Biology.
Topics covered in Year 12 are:
Topics covered in Year 13 are:
Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics throughout the course.
The A Level is a two year linear course with all exams taken in the Summer of Year 13. There are three exam papers:
Practical methods will be examined in the above papers, but there is also continual assessment of practical skills throughout the course:
A key part of the A Level will be covered during a residential course at a UK field centre at the end of Year 12. Students will have the opportunity to study biology out in the real world gaining practical skills and developing a real understanding of how science works. Students also have the opportunity to attend off-site lectures delivered by internationally renowned biologists, to participate in national biology competitions, and to experience a university-led practical session.
Although the course is complete and worthwhile in itself, it is also a suitable preparation for those intending to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, and especially relevant to students wishing to pursue a degree course in one of the many Biological Sciences. An A level in Biology prepares you for a range of careers in the science and health sectors including, but not limited to, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, zoology, biomedicine, forensics, biochemistry and science teaching, and provides you with transferable skills opening up opportunities in research, further education and other career areas.
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