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Students should have achieved at least AA in GCSE Science (Core and Additional) or an A grade in GCSE Biology.
Unit 1: Biology and Disease (written paper)
Unit 2: The Variety of Living Organisms (written paper)
Unit 3: Practical and Investigative Skills (internal assessment)
Students attend two field courses during the AS year to investigate biodiversity and ecological field work techniques.
Unit 4 Populations and Environment (written paper)
Unit 5 Control in Cells and in Organisms (written paper)
Unit 6 Practical and Investigative Skills (internal assessment)
What could I go on to do at the end of my course?
Biology combines well with Chemistry, Geography and Maths
Possible university courses using Biology include: Botany, Biometrics, Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Psychology and Zoology
Courses and careers that can combine Biology with Chemistry include: medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, biological sciences, for example, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, forensic science, food science, allied health courses, for example, ophthalmic, physiotherapy, dietetics and sports science
Courses that combine Biology with Geography include those relating to environmental sciences
Lessons are supplemented with additional activities. In previous years, students have visited the National Institute for Medical Research and the Natural History Museum. Potential Medical students attend the Medical Discussion Group to explore a range of relevant topics and to prepare them thoroughly for the university application process. External speakers have presented topics including stem cells, antibiotic resistance and influenza transmission. Biology students also have the opportunity to enter a number of essay competitions to broaden their subject knowledge and foster independent enquiry.
Students interested in a career in research can apply for a Nuffield Bursary to obtain a paid, research-based work placement during the Summer holiday at the National Institute for Medical Research.