Topics in Year 1
Biological molecules, cells, organisms exchanging substances with their environment and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
TOPICS IN YEAR 2
Energy transfers in and between organisms, organisms responding to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.
Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course, you will carry out practical activities including using microscopes to observe cell division, dissection of animal or plant systems, aseptic technique to study microbial growth, investigating activity within cells, investigating animal behaviours and investigating distributions of species in the environment. The new syllabus includes a real emphasis on practical work – so expect lots of lab time.
There are three exams at the end of year two, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learn in your practical classes.
Undergraduate Degree options
According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in biology are Biology, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology and Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry.
Possible Career Options
Studying A-level Biology at university can open up all sorts of exciting career options including;
Clinical molecular geneticist
Nature conservation officer
Higher education lecturer