The Biology Department is a dynamic, research-based learning environment. Students will learn to think creatively and independently whilst developing the necessary knowledge to successfully complete the A Level examinations. Opportunities include developing Microbiology and Molecular Biology techniques not routinely seen in the classroom. Enrichment activities including whole organism dissection, organ dissection and fieldwork are fundamental to the deeper understanding and contextualisation of Biology. Developing ideas by collaborative, practical learning students will also have the opportunity to engage in competitions, lectures and even work experience opportunities in areas such as Medicine. Biology offers a wide range of translational skills and is highly regarded by the Russell Group of universities. As well as more obvious choices such as Medicine, Dentistry and Natural Sciences, degrees in many areas of Science, Business and Management are supported by the solid research methods and critical analysis skills developed during this A level course.
Practical skills are assessed throughout the course, and a pass mark is given upon successful completion of the tasks required. Many opportunities will be provided for students to perfect these skills throughout the course. Practical skills are also assessed more formally in the written papers.
The course studied is currently with OCR, and can be divided as such:
Content is split into six teaching modules:
• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
• Module 2 – Foundations in biology
• Module 3 – Exchange and transport
• Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
• Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
• Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).