Biology is the scientific exploration of the vast and diverse world of living organisms.

 
This exploration has expanded enormously over the past four decades, revealing a wealth of knowledge about ourselves and the millions of other organisms with whom we share the planet. Today, biological research spans an almost infinite spectrum, from molecules to landscapes. 
 

Why Biology?

 
 The study of Biology has an immediate relevance to our daily lives. It is important for everyone to develop a sense of how we fit into the complex ecology of our planet without wreaking horrendous destruction. Some of our greatest engineering feats of the future are likely to involve bio-engineering projects, particularly concerning the disposal of municipal and industrial waste, and the development of renewable recourses. A-level Biology can lead to a university education in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacology, environmental science, forensic science, microbiology, genetics and a range of other science courses.
 

Any special requirements? 

 

If students have taken Separate Sciences at GCSE, they must have achieved grade 6 or above in Biology plus one other from Chemistry or Physics. If students have taken Combined Science at GCSE, it is desirable that students have achieved grade 7 or above. As the maths content of the new A-level course is quite substantial, students should also have at least a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

 

What will I study?

 

Year One -

Development of practical skills in Biology
Foundations in Biology 
Exchange and transport
Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Year Two - 

Development of practical skills in Biology
Communication, homeostasis and energy
Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
 
 

How will I be assessed? 

 
At the end of the first year, assessment will take the form of two written papers, and will allow students to gain an AS level in Biology. At the end of the second year, assessment will take the form of three written papers. These will assess content from both years of the course and will allow students to gain an A-level in Biology.
 
Practical skills will be developed throughout the course and will be assessed throughout the written examinations and also through the Practical Endorsement. The Practical Endorsement is a non-exam assessment, which is reported separately to the overall grade for the subject.
 

Further information

 
If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Head of Biology, Mrs A Smith at:
 
Queens Road West
Accrington
Lancashire
BB5 4AY
 
T 01254 232 992
F 01254 355 215

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