GCSE BIOLOGY year 9-11
The GCSE Biology course is covered over 3 years of study with students sitting external exams at the end of year 11.
Students study a range of biological concepts with practical science at the core of all lessons to develop the skill of working scientifically to build a deep understanding of science with our students. This includes the development of scientific thinking, Experimental skills and strategies, Analysis and Evaluation; and the development of Scientific vocabulary
A Level Biology
Biology A-level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you.
Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.
A-level Biology lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. Practical remains at the core of what we do and is integrated into all lessons.
The table below shows the topics you will study in each year.
Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject.
Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:
- using microscopes to see cell division
- dissection of animal or plant systems
- aseptic technique to study microbial growth
- investigating activity within cells
- investigating animal behaviors
- investigating distributions of species in the environment.
These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.
There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.
There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long.
At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.