Biology

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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. It is taught in a way 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 large 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

Labib Syed

Studied: Biology, Chemistry, Maths & Economics (2013-2015)

Progression: Medicine, Bartholomews and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry

Labib is currently in medical school in his 3rd year at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He hopes to graduate in a couple years as a doctor and plans to pursue a career in becoming a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon.

Labib says: "I would recommend students to dream big and believe in your capabilities, as hard work can get you anywhere you want! Also, listen to whatever John Luton (Head of Chemistry) has to say!"

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 6 in GCSE Biology and another Science GCSE or 2 x Grade 6 in GCSE Combined Science
AND
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Note: Biology should be taken with a facilitating subject, these are Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, PE or Geography.

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 Sciences degrees. It is essential for Medicine related degrees and Biological Sciences, but is also highly valued for subjects such as Law.
Transferable Skills
Data analysis (including use of IT); problem solving; producing balanced ethical arguments; scientific literacy; Teamwork, research skills.
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. It should be taken with a facilitating subject.
Enquiries To
Brian Marriott: bcm@varndean.ac.uk