Without Biology, you would not be reading this!
The current AQA Biology specification covers a broad range of interesting topics that build on prior attainment at KS3.
Have you ever wondered how you catch a ball, or why you are what you eat? Did you realise bacteria can be used to help treat illnesses such as diabetes? Are you concerned about how humans have affected the environment? Do you know why there are more rabbits than there are foxes? Are you interested in how plants can grow towards a light source? Did you ever wonder if washing your hands really did make them cleaner? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you will enjoy studying Biology at GCSE.
For those students considering separate sciences at GCSE, they will study some aspects of Biology in more detail. These topics include many relating to human physiology, such as the lungs, the heart and circulatory system, the kidneys and the control of blood glucose. Although separate Biology is not a prerequisite to study A Level Biology, it is highly recommended. The broader selection of topics studied will better prepare you and make the progression to KS5 less difficult. Any student considering careers in medicine, veterinary science or dentistry is strongly encouraged to study separate Biology.
A Level Biology
The new OCR Biology specification introduced in 2015 covers a wide range of exciting and interesting topics. If you have ever wondered how your heart keeps beating when you sleep, how plants grow towards the light or fundamental principles of how cells work, if you don’t know what the liver does or are intrigued by how red blood cells work, then this is the course for you. Learn how plants can literally create food from thin air and how forensic scientists can catch a criminal with even the smallest sample of DNA.
The course is demanding but rewarding and should be considered by all those wishing to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacology, biological sciences and forensic sciences.
In addition, a residential field trip has now become an integral part of the course. Students will get the opportunity to study ecology in action, bringing to life aspects of the course that would otherwise be difficult to visualise.
This new course has terminal exams which will be completed at the end of Year 13.
Study Biology at A Level and you will learn how the eye sends an electrical impulse to the brain, which areas of the brain process the information, therefore allowing you to understand this otherwise meaningless collection of random shapes that we call letters and words.