Biology

At a glance

Course title                               Biology

Entry Requirement                   B in additional and core science GCSE 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 constitute the stand alone AS level qualification and are examined in 2 papers worth 50% each. Modules 1 to 8, combined with the practical endorsement, constitute the full A level and are examined in 3 papers.

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 practicals.

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