What are the main features of this course?
The first year of the A-level course covers microscopy, cells, biochemistry, exchange transport in animals and plants, health, biodiversity, classification and evolution. The second year completes the A-level with topics such as communication, homeostasis and energy, excretion, biotechnology and gene technologies, genetics, ecosystems and responding to the environment.
Hours of lessons per week: 5
Indicative group size: 20
How is the course assessed?
By externally set and marked examinations in the summer. The practical endorsement is a non-exam assessment which is achieved by meeting a set of twelve practical skills that are assessed by your teacher during the course.
Where can I go next?
Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), particularly in healthcare, medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. Some of these include: nursing, dentistry, forensic science, psychology, physiotherapy, botany, environmental science, zoology, geology, oceanography, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, genetics and research.
I love that Biology yields a vast wealth of knowledge. I always look forward to learning a new concept every day and the thrilling laboratory practicals.