|Exam Board||Entry Requirements||Subject Leader|
|AQA||Grade 7/6 if Double Science was taken, Grade 666 if Triple Science was taken
This course was designed to develop the AS topics still further and to study up-to-date human, plant and bacterial biology. The course also aims to ensure all students are confident in their practical, statistical and analytical abilities.
In Year 12 we study the following topics: Biological Molecules, Nucleic Acids, Cell Structure, Transport Across Cell Membranes, Cell Recognition and Immune System, Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment, Mass Transport, DNA, Genes and Protein Synthesis, Genetic Diversity and Biodiversity. As part of their studies, students undertake practicals 1 to 6.
In Year 13 we study the following topics: Photosynthesis, Respiration, Energy and Ecosystems, Response to Stimuli, Nervous Coordination and Muscles, Homeostasis, Inherited Change, Populations and Evolution, Populations in Ecosystems, Gene Expression and Recombinant DNA Technology. As part of this study, students undertake practicals 7 to 12.
A field trip is an important and integral part of this course where students visit the Gower Peninsular in Wales. There is an expectation that students will participate. The school subsidies the full cost but parents are asked for the board and lodging cost of between £200 to £250. Financial consideration can be given to those who apply to the Headmaster in writing.
To assess the Biology A-Level, students take three exams:
- Paper 1 assesses content from Year 12 and is worth 35% of the final grade
- Paper 2 assesses content from Year 13 and is worth 35% of the final grade
- Paper 3 assesses content from Years 12 and 13 with a choice of two essay questions, and is worth 30% of the final grade.
Practical assessment is done within Papers 1, 2 and 3, where students are expected to understand and demonstrate experimental procedures.
Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations
Past students have entered careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary work, nursing and physiotherapy. We have also seen our biologists go onto careers in business, finance, teaching, law, sports management and many others, using the skills of team work and individual study that we have helped them develop.