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Biology A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Biology is never far from the headlines and you will explore the way in which biologists work and the contributions of biology to society. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths.

Course content

Biology is a vast and increasingly important subject in today’s world, encompassing many topics at the frontiers of modern science.  It is relevant to everyone’s life – consider the role of health and fitness, medical science, food and drink production and our interaction with the natural world.  It helps you to understand some of the ‘whys’ and ‘how’s’ of life on our planet -  from the exciting advances recently made in genetics to the importance of conserving species which have existed throughout long periods of time; from how bodies work to what the inside of a cell actually looks like.

A full A level Biology course looks at the variety of living organisms, including their physiology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution and ecology. The course aims to develop an understanding of Biology in terms of concepts and principles and to promote an interest and an enjoyment of the study of living things.


What’s included:

  • Development of practical skills
  • Cell Structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division and cell diversity
  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants
  • Communicable diseases and immune system
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a B grade or above in Core and Additional Science GCSE and have a grade C or above in English 


•During the course practical skills will be developed and you will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively. There will be theory lessons where relevant principles and ideas will be discussed, videos and computer programmes will be used to illustrate concepts.

The course is an intellectually stimulating, yet demanding one. It expects a high level of motivation and self-discipline, plus the ability to work independently. Homework is set regularly in the form of experimental reports, research, essays, self-study units and examination questions.

Students that study Biology gain the following skills:

  • An interest in other science subjects and mathematics
  • Understand abstract concepts quickly
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to use technical language concisely
  • Organise their own notes carefully
  • Drive and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Ability to carry out practical work carefully
  • Able to analysis and evaluate data
  • Trips to university departments and field trips will be used to enhance the learning process, and develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge you develop in ‘A’ Level in Biology will develop skills for students looking to pursue careers in :

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary
  • Science
  • Zoology
  • Marine  Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Forensics
  • Pathology

to name just a few.

Biology is also a well-respected A-level for a wide range of non-science related courses and careers because it helps you to develop analytical, practical and investigative skills.

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2015
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