Biology A Level at Bishop Stopford's School
Biology seeks to explain how living organisms work, both on an individual level and as part of the wider community. The A Level course starts with a look at the detailed structure and function of cells and goes on to investigate some of the major organ systems in both plants and animals. Students will gain an awareness of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and also consider a range of relationships between organisms.
The course is academically challenging and demands a high level of commitment to master the concepts involved. Students should be prepared to spend their own time on background reading and independent research as well as keeping up to date with science in the news and TV programmes. There is a significant practical aspect to the subject and students must understand the need to participate fully in all their lessons.
The course is linear in style; however AS will still make up the first part of the full A Level qualification.
Biology also requires some skills relating to chemistry and mathematics. For this reason applicants for the course should have at least Grade B in GCSE in both Core and Additional Science. Most students will find it beneficial to study another science to at least AS Level.
The AQA A Level syllabus is assessed by written papers only. There is a specific practical component that must be covered for students to be successful in the written papers, but there are no coursework marks contributing to the final grade.
There are currently many exciting developments in areas of biology such as stem cell research, DNA technology and new drugs to treat disease. Students who study this subject may go on to a biology-related degree course and have access to a wide range of career opportunities including medicine, conservation work, nursing, physiotherapy, sports science etc.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford's School directly.