Biology A Level
A Level pathways are designed to prepare you for higher education and beyond, be it a degree, into research or a wide range of careers. In year one you will study the AS specification and take exams in May/June. If successful you will progress to year two.
We support you applying for masterclasses, Nuffield Science placements, Access to the University of Birmingham as well as progression schemes for medicine and dentistry, which will enhance your applications to university. In addition to working areas in the learning zone, we offer dedicated quiet study rooms for A Level students. We have a range of resources including e-journals, e-books as well as traditional hard copies. The college holds activities for British Science Week's ‘Meet the Scientist’ event. We also hold A Level revision workshops and conferences as part of the development of study skills.
The study of biology requires the construction of sound foundations built from exploring several fundamental concepts in the first year and the early part of the second year. In the remainder of the course, these concepts must coalesce into a coherent whole before moving onto more difficult ideas and their application in the wider world. Biology complements other STEM subjects such as chemistry, physics, psychology and maths.
Teaching is delivered in a variety of formats and includes 10 % of online learning through Attain, Kerboodle and other platforms.
A Level pass rates have been above the national average for the last three years (2017-2020).
Read about Hanaa who completed her A Levels in 2020: https://www.sccb.ac.uk/latest-news/item/759-from-morocco-to-maths-major-a-level-success-story
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.
What areas will I study?
You will learn about the applications of biology in a theoretical and practical context. Interpretation and evaluation of scientific information will be developed. OCR A syllabus is followed;
- Foundations in biology;
- Exchange and transport
- Homeostasis & energy
- Evolution & ecosystems
10% of the A Level Biology assessment contains mathematical skills which includes statistics and overlaps with psychology.
15% of the A Level Biology assessment will be based on knowledge, skills and understanding on practical skills. You will carry out at least 12 practicals over the two years. Tutors will observe and assess students' competencies in practical work to achieve a practical endorsement.
There will be two papers at the end of the first year and three papers at the end of the years assessing the last two years content.