Biology A Level -

BIOLOGY A LEVEL

AQA 7402

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY?

In A Level biology you will study the living world in greater depth. You will investigate the chemicals and genes which code for all living things, the cells which make up our bodies, the fundamentals of respiration and photosynthesis, oxygen transport and the cutting edge technology of genetic engineering. If you are interested in how life works and the majesty of the natural world, biology is the subject which can give you a greater understanding of how we stay alive.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

 

·         Biological molecules

·         Cells

·         Organisms and exchange of substances with their environment.

·         Genetic information, variation, and relationships between organisms

·         Energy transfers in and between organisms

·         Responses to changes in internal and external environment

·         Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

·         The control of gene expression

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Students who have taken biology have gone on to study for degrees in many different science subjects, medicine & medical science, engineering, mathematics, economics and law to name just a few. The analytical and statistical skills alongside the ability to draw logical conclusions from evidence are valuable in many careers. As well as biological research, medical and life sciences, biology can lead onto a wide range of other professions in both the private sector and public services.

CURRENT STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

“By studying A Level biology you discover how complex and utterly fascinating life is! The vastness of the course means you will always learn something new and interesting every lesson." - Sean Jones, Year 13

“Studying this subject at A Level provides you with an insight in to how living components function, from DNA to photosynthesis.” - Lucy Jessup, Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have studied either: (i.) Core and Additional Science GCSEs, in which case they must have achieved at least 2 B grades in Core Science GCSE and Additional Science GCSE plus a minimum of grade 5 mathematics GCSE; or (ii.) Separate Sciences GCSEs, in which case they must have achieved at least a B grade in biology GCSE, plus a B grade in one other science and a grade 5 in mathematics GCSE. Grade 4 or higher is also required in English GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mrs E Mackenzie-Brett  ema@sandon.essex.sch.uk