Biology A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School
Biology is a challenging subject and this A Level course reflects the recent advance and growing importance of the biological sciences in the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering. The chief goal is to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject and an appreciation of how Biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.
THE AS COURSE
Module 1: Development of practical skills. This involves skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. Module 2: Foundations in Biology. This involves learning about cell structure, Biological molecules, enzymes, DNA, Membranes, cell division and diversity Module 3: Exchange & Transport. This involves learning about exchange surfaces such as the lungs and gills, animal and plant transport systems Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease. This involves learning about the immune system, communicable diseases, classification, natural selection and biodiversity.
THE A LEVEL COURSE
(which includes Module 1 – 4 from the AS programme of study)
Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy. This involves learning about excretion, the nervous system, hormones, photosynthesis and respiration
Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. This involves learning about genetics and patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology and population and sustainability.
Please see the Sixth Form Admissions Policy for the entry requirements to this course.
It is pleasing to note that most A Level Biology students continue with a career in this subject e.g. Biomedical Science, Biological Science, Botany, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Zoology. Career opportunities for biologists are on the increase. They include: Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Conservation, Medicine, Pathology, Physiotherapy, Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, Genetic Engineering, Food and Drug Industries, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.