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A VERSATILE A-LEVEL WHICH DEVELOPS SKILLS USEFUL FOR A WIDE RANGE OF CANDIDATES.
WHAT YOU STUDY
This year sees some exciting changes to the current specification content which will encompass a broad range of Biological principles including the Human Body and the key systems within it, plants and their environment and microbes and disease. There will also be a greater emphasis on practical skills throughout the two years.
HOW YOU STUDY
Lessons are delivered using a variety of teaching strategies which will include individual and group work, class discussion, problem solving, note taking, practical investigations, data analysis and research tasks. At the end of year 12, all students take part in a Biology Fieldtrip to Bishop’s Wood to prepare students for their studies in year 13. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a range of Masterclasses at Birmingham University which have covered topics including evolution, photosynthesis as well as preparing students for medical school.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
We are a committed and supportive team of specialist teachers who are enthusiastic about our subject and treat motivating our students as a priority. We use a wide range of specialist sixth form equipment and resources in a secure, challenging and practical learning environment. We always prepare students thoroughly for examinations and employ an excellent revision programme. We aim to treat students as individuals and tailor their learning programme to suit their particular needs.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
An A-level in Biology opens up a diverse range of degrees at university and offers students the opportunity to specialise in a particular area. There are too many degrees to list here but examples include: Microbiology, Anatomical Science, Zoology, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Medicine and Veterinary Science.
OUR RECENT SUCCESSES
In 2013 students went on to take Pharmacy, Medicine, Sports Science, Biochemistry, Radiotherapy, Veterinary Science and Nursing.
COMBINES WELL WITH
Chemistry, Maths, Geology and PE.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Grade C double award (B preferred). Single award does not provide an adequate foundation for A-level but the department will consider individual circumstances if approached.