Biology is the study of living organisms. The A level course aims to provide an insight into the living world for students, improve their skills of reasoning and data analysis, along with handling apparatus and experimental design. The students should develop an awareness of how Biology impacts on everyday life and the developing technologies associated with Biological Science. The course provides a firm foundation for students applying for Medicine, Life Science or other science courses for their under-graduate degree.
At AS level the following topics are covered: Cell Structure, Biological Molecules, Enzymes, Cell Membranes and Transport, Cell and Nuclear Division, Genetic Control, Transport, Gas Exchange, Infectious Disease, Immunity and Ecology.
During the A2 year the following topics are covered:
Energy and Respiration, Photosynthesis, Regulation and Control, Inherited Change, Selection and Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation, Gene Technology , Biotechnology, Crop Plants and Aspects of Human Reproduction.
A level Biology places an emphasis not only on the memorisation and recall of information, but also on handling data and analysis of information. Students must learn how to deal with new information and devise conclusions of their own to novel problems.
The level of Mathematical ability for the course is not high, but the standard of written English required is, especially at A2 level where the students are expected to write essays in continuous prose. Students who have difficulty reading large amounts of English text will find Biology a challenging subject.