A Level Programme

Biology A Level

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About this course

This course is ideal if you have an interest in science and wish to pursue an academic career in medical science, ecology, dentistry, biochemistry, pharmacy or nursing.

Biology is the study of living organisms and this course will help you to enjoy finding out how plants and animals grow, reproduce and interact.

What will I learn?

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of biological and ecological investigations and as a result you should develop a number of practical skills. These include a good understanding of how to use common biological apparatus such as light microscopes, pipettes, water baths,spirometers, DNA gel electrophoresis and bio viewers, and an appreciation of control variables and setting up effective investigations. In the first year key areas you will cover include Biological Molecules, Enzymes, Health and Disease and Evolution. In the second year your knowledge will further develop in areas including Respiration, Photosynthesis,Excretion and Genetics. A range of teaching approaches will be used to help develop your independent study and research skills such as presentations, group work and self-evaluation activities.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by written exams and a practical assessment.

During term time your progress will also be monitored with end of topic exams and quizzes.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.
Additional Requirements: BB or Grade 6 in Double Science or Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 5 in Maths

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Biology HNC/D and Teaching
  • University - related degree such as Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy
Research Scientist
Laboratory Assistant

Additional Information

You will undertake an induction period at the start of the course to ensure you are supported and guided through the correct learning pathway.

There may be opportunities to attend specialist talks at universities including the Biology Master Class at Birmingham University. There may also be a trip to Oxford Museum of Natural History.

Biology combines well with other Science subjects or Maths.