The department teaches the AQA specification in A Level Biology.
The courses have some compulsory practical work, including the requirement to carry out tissue dissection and to participate in fieldwork.
We have found that students not doing A Level Mathematics generally get a lower than expected Biology grade. It is for this reason that we strongly advise students not taking A Level Mathematics to take the one year Core Maths course to help them with their mathematical skills.
Topics covered include biological molecules, cells, immunity, transport, digestion, genes and variation and gas exchange.
The second year of the A Level covers respiration and photosynthesis, ecology, nervous systems, muscle, homeostasis, genetics and evolution and gene technology.
There is a minimum of 12 set practicals as part of the coursework endorsement.
The A Level qualification is assessed by three 120 minute papers:
Paper 1: Topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills (35%)
Paper 2: Topics 5-8 , including relevant practical skills (35%)
Paper 3: Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills (30%)
The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.
All prospective students will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.
To study Biology, a student must achieve grades 66 in GCSE Science AND grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics OR grade 6 in GCSE Biology, grade 5 in GCSE Chemistry AND grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.