"Biology unlocks the secrets of the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. Understanding how animals and organisms live and have evolved takes us on a journey of scientific understanding and discovery".
What will I study? Biology is a challenging and fascinating subject and it has many applications to everyday life. Whilst Biology is the most approachable Science, it is rigorous and engaging and aims to equip students with a contemporary grasp of key biological principles.
Year 12 Topics
Cells, viruses and reproduction of living things
Classification and biodiversity
Exchange and transport
Year 13 Topics
Energy for biological processes
Microbiology and pathogens
Origins of genetic variation
What do I need to study this course? GCSE Grade 6 or above in Biology and one other science (GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics) or GCSE Grade 6:6 or above in Combined Science) Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language
How will I be assessed? Year 12 - students will sit two 1 hour 30 minute papers. Both papers will form 50% of the overall mark. Year 13 - students will sit three exam papers. Papers 1 & 2 are both 1 hour 45 minutes long. Each paper provides 30% of the overall mark. Paper 3 is 2 hours 30 minutes long and provides 40% of the overall mark. An additional Certificate in Practical Skills which is awarded to A Level students who have demonstrated the necessary skills. This is separate to the A Level grade and if awarded is recorded as a 'Pass' on the A Level certificate.
Where will A Level Biology lead me? Students who have studied Biology at Holy Cross Sixth Form have gone on to study and work in a range of medical professions such as Doctor, Nurse, Midwife, Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Nurse and optician as well as allied medical professions like Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Psychologist. Other relevant careers which our students have gone into include Teaching, Scientific Civil Service, Laboratory Work, Forensic Science and Environmental Work.