Biology

At a glance

Course title                               Biology

Entry Requirement                  Level 5 in Triple Science or 5-5 in Combined Science. Level 5 in Maths.

Exam board                              AQA (www.aqa.org.uk)

Why study Biology?

You will enjoy and succeed in Biology if you enjoy a challenge and have an active curiosity across a broad range of scientific topics. You will learn a huge, new specialist vocabulary; and you need to be comfortable studying Biochemistry – structure of large molecules, chemical reactions in cells and energy transfers. Past students have gone on to study Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy and related courses. Since Biology is a Facilitating Subject, it is well regarded by top universities as part of an applicant’s portfolio for a degree in any subject.

Course content

The course content is split into eight modules. Modules 1-4 will be learnt in the first year, with modules 5-8 studied in the second. The content will be assessed in 3 exams.

The units explore topics including the detailed structure and biochemistry of plant, animal and bacterial cells; the anatomy, physiology and health of the cardiovascular and nervous systems; the molecular basis of genetics; ecology and forensic entomology. Practical skills are developed through 12 core practical assessments.

You should be aware that 10% of the marks are maths based questions.