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Biology A Level at Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Course description

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.  Biology is the study of life, it applies to everyone and it holds the key to unlocking the answers to all the big questions in society today.  The A-level Biology course has been developed with universities, research institutions, medical schools and industry to ensure it is relevant, up-to-date and develops the skills students will require.

In the first year of study students build on what they have learned at GCSE to develop a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the role of humans in the environment.  Students study the underlying principles and key features in the topics – Biological Molecules, Cells, Exchange and Transport Systems and Biodiversity.

In the second year of study students further develop their knowledge of organisms and their interaction with the environment.  Students will build on what they have leaned previously and learn to apply their knowledge to real world contexts.  Students will study in detail the topics of – Energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment, genetics populations and evolution systems and the Control of gene expression.

Biology is an experimental subject and the course provides many opportunities to use practical experience to link theory to reality, and to equip students with the essential practical skills they need.  Students will complete a ‘Practical Skills Endorsement’ throughout the course which requires them to complete 12 required practicals and achieve five practical competencies.  Students will complete six required practicals in each year of study.


Future opportunities

A-level Biology teaches a range of key skills including: how to collect data and evaluate it, how to investigate facts and use deduction, how to express ideas and opinions effectively and how to take responsibility for your own learning. These skills are invaluable in all areas of life and further study.

A-level Biology is an essential qualification for students wishing to study degree courses in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology and Plant Biology. It is also a very beneficial qualification for a variety of courses and jobs including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Environmental Studies, Food and Nutrition and General Laboratory Work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Hume Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years