Welcome to Biology

Biology involves the study of all living systems, and their interrelationships. At NMSC, we believe that teaching the content within the context of current applications and developments in medical sciences is the best way to engage students. Students have the opportunity to participate in regular practical activities, write presentations based on peer reviewed literature for a non-specialist audience and develop their analytical skills using current research. In the second year of A level, students get practical experience of techniques rarely carried out in a school or college setting including PCR, gel electrophoresis and bacterial transformation as part of the Molecular Biology section of the course.

Topics/Areas of study

Year 0
 (Foundation Year for those who opt for the 3 Year Programme) builds a foundation. This enables all students to start from the same base at the start of the two year A level program.

Cell Biology, Biological Molecules, Mitosis and Meiosis, Digestion, Enzymes, The Nervous System, DNA, Homeostasis, Natural Selection and Evolution and Biodiversity

Year 1
Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells, Molecular Bonding and Biological Molecules, Transcription and Translation, Enzymes in Action, Biological Membranes, Cell Diversity and Differentiation, Exchange Surfaces and Breathing, Transport in Plants and Animals, Communicable Diseases, Biodiversity II, Classification and Evolution.

Year 2
Communication and Homeostasis, Excretion, Neuronal Communication, Plant and Animal Responses, Biochemistry of Photosynthesis and Respiration, Cellular Control, Inheritance, Manipulating Genomes, Cloning and Biotechnology, Ecosystems and Populations and sustainability.

Exam Board – OCR

Other Opportunities in Biology at NMSC

Enrichment activities in Biology include:

  • entrance into the Intermediate Biology Olympiad
  • a planned visit for fieldwork in the summer term for all A Level Biologists
  • A level Science Live Conference in Birmingham and
  • a cross-curricular project that we are keen to launch linked to MITs OpenAg Opensource project. This will involve all STEM subjects across the College.