If you are fascinated by life and living processes and want to learn more about topics such as Genetics & DNA, Molecular Biology, Physiology and Ecology, then Biology is an obvious choice for you. It will help you to develop a much more detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of the subject.

As well as gaining a sound understanding of biological principles you will become aware of advances in technology relevant to Biology and recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society.

The AQA specification is an exciting way to learn Biology. Topics are taught within a theme that enables you to put the biological principles and processes into context, making them seem more relevant. Biology is also a required, or at least desirable, subject for a number of career pathways.

TOPICS COVERED
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Biology was a subject I enjoyed previously and I am considering a career in the industry in the future. The class atmosphere and teacher have always created an enjoyable atmosphere in which to learn so I have always looked forward to lessons.

Abigail Holland Owen ex Warden Park School

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
A Level
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
PLUS
Grade 6 in GCSE Biology and another Science GCSE
OR
2 x Grade 6 in GCSE Combined Science
PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
100% exam
CAREER PATHWAYS
Many students go on to degree courses in Medicine (with Chemistry A level), Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Biological Science degrees. It is essential for Medicine related and Biological Sciences but is also highly valued for subjects such as Law. This subject can lead to careers in the biotechnical services.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Data analysis (including use of IT); problem solving; producing balanced ethical arguments; scientific literacy; teamwork.
OTHER INFORMATION
Biology goes well with Chemistry and Maths and supports subjects such as PE and Psychology. Many of our students successfully mix Biology with Humanities, such as History, Foreign Languages and English.
ENQUIRIES TO
Brian Marriott: bcm@varndean.ac.uk