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Biology A Level

Biology is the fastest developing science with GM technology and climate change constantly in the headlines. This course offers a comprehensive insight into the many different aspects of biology including biochemistry, cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics and ecology. There are millions of different species on the planet and the course follows a comparative approach into the ways in which species have evolved particular adaptations to overcome the "trials of life".

What does the course involve?

Year One

Topics studied include:

  • Biodiversity and classification.
  • Cell structure and organisation.
  • Cell membranes and transport.
  • Adaptations for gas exchange.
  • Adaptations for transport.
  • Basic biochemistry: carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
  • Biological reactions are regulated by enzymes.
  • Adaptations for nutrition. 
  • Homeostatis and the kidney.
  • The nervous system.

Year Two

Topics studied include:

  • Nucleic acids and their functions.
  • Cell division.
  • Sexual reproduction in humans and plants.
  • Variation and evolution.
  • Application of reproduction and genetics.
  • Photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Microbiology.
  • Populations and ecosystems.
  • Human impact on the environment.

Option module (choose one):

  • Immunology and disease.
  • Human musculoskeletal anatomy.
  • Neurobiology and behaviour.

Trips

Various local trips are arranged to link to different aspects of the course. There is usually a nominal charge for these. There is also a short residential field course at a subsidised cost of around £230.

What can you do after the course?

You will learn many new skills which will help you gain good grades in Biology, but also provide you with the skills for higher education and your future career.

Biology provides an excellent foundation for a number of specialist courses, such as medicine, veterinary sciences, nursing and biology.

The STEM skills that you develop within A Level Biology are also useful for a number of non-biological courses and careers, including archaeology, pharmacology, speech therapy, psychology and law.

Oli talks about Biology at Hereford Sixth Form College

One of the slides by Zoe Rees

One of the slides by Zoe Rees

An example of student work

Zoe Rees created this powerpoint on fertilisation, using plasticine.

Powerpoint on fertilisation by Zoe Rees

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