Biology - A Level

This course is directed at students who wish to take their study of biology to the next level. The students who take this course will achieve a better understanding of the biological processes involved in different situations within science.

A Level Biology B (Advancing Biology) uses a context-based approach to enable students to develop their conceptual knowledge of essential biological topics in a variety of interesting and relevant settings. It helps students to develop relevant practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills as integrated aspects of their learning.

 

Course Content

The course content is delivered across five modules:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2: Cells, chemicals for life, transport and gas exchange
  • Module 3: Cell division, development and disease control
  • Module 4: Energy, reproduction and populations 
  • Module 5: Genetics, control and homeostasis

Year 1: Module 1, Module 2 & Module 3

Year 2: Module 1, Module 4 & Module 5

Module 1 is covered across the two years. Practical Skills are developed throughout all modules.

 

Assessment 

Students gain practical skills throughout the course. These are assessed in the written examinations and in the practical endorsement (component 04). Activities that could count towards the practical endorsement are indicated in the specification. These include: microscopy, dissection, electrophoresis, and investigation into the measurement of plant and animal responses.

By achieving practical endorsement, you will become competent in:

  • Following procedures.
  • Applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment.
  • Working safely.
  • Making and recording observations.
  • Researching, referencing and reporting.

There are a range of question types used throughout the assessment process, including: multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

 

Progression

After completing the A Level Biology course here at Meopham School there are a huge array of courses which you could study at University, such as;

  • Aberystwyth University - Biology and climate change
  • Anglia Ruskin University - Biomedical science (with placement year)
  • Hartpury University - Bioveterinary science
  • University of Kent - Human biology and behaviour with a year in professional practice
  • Lancaster University - Biology with Psychology
  • Newcastle University - Marine Biology
  • Univeristy of Nottingham - Cancer Sciences

Biology is a fundamental subject for careers in the science and health sectors but there are many other routes you can take with this degree

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Academic researcher
  • Biotechnologist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Teaching laboratory technician

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Anatomical pathology technologist
  • Animal physiotherapist
  • Clinical scientist, cardiac sciences
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental technician
  • Dental therapist
  • Dentist
  • Genetic counsellor
  • Health improvement practitioner
  • Medical science liaison
  • Neuroscientist
  • Physician associate
  • Prosthetist/orthotist
  • Science writer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zoologist

 

Entry Requirements

In order to attend Meopham Sixth Form the minimum entry requirement is 5 level 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths. 

To study Biology you are required to achieve level 5 or above in your GCSEs including English and mathematics. In addition, you will require at least a 66 in combined science qualifications or a level 6 in biology and level 5 in physics or chemistry in single science qualifications.