What is Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms but the subject has moved on by a long way from the days of dissecting rats and classifying half-eaten dead leaves! Biology now involves the study of a wide range of exciting and challenging topics all at the cutting edge of present-day scientific research. A few of these topics include molecular biology, cell biology, human physiology, genes, genetic diseases, viral diseases such as HIV, medical uses of DNA, cloning, stem cells, drugs and their effects, the study of ecosystems and the effect of man on the environment.

Biology is the study of living organisms but the subject has moved on by a long way from the days of dissecting rats and classifying half-eaten dead leaves!

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Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 6, 6, 6 from 2 Sciences and Maths

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Assessment methods

    3 final exams

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    AQA

“One of the best teachers I have ever had! I’ve never met someone so enthusiastic for the subject before. She offers us help all the time and invites us to come to support sessions with her to better ourselves and our understanding too’

Course content summary:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolutionand ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression.

How will you study?

All students are provided with carefully prepared booklets of notes and past exam questions specific to the units being studied. Regular homeworks and tests are used to assess your progress and develop your interpretation of exam questions.

All the Biology staff are enthusiastic, experienced teachers and use a variety of learning resources including powerpoints, on-line activities, DVD’s, animations and practical investigations. There are also fieldwork activities, lectures at Universities and visits to Chester zoo and research institutes.

What can i do after Xaverian?

Biology is one of the most popular A-level subjects in the country attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much that they eventually choose a biologically related degree course – such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, biomedicine, microbiology, physiology, optometry, anatomy, nursing, biochemistry, zoology, forestry, marine biology, forensic science, food science, – the list is endless!

Some students following their Biology studies proceed to a career in law, computing, accounting, teaching, etc. So, whether you prefer to work in the field of science, education, law, or in business, etc. you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career

How will you study?

All students are provided with carefully prepared booklets of notes and past exam questions specific to the units being studied. Regular homeworks and tests are used to assess your progress and develop your interpretation of exam questions.

All the Biology staff are enthusiastic, experienced teachers and use a variety of learning resources including powerpoints, on-line activities, DVD’s, animations and practical investigations. There are also fieldwork activities, lectures at Universities and visits to Chester zoo and research institutes.

What can i do after Xaverian?

Biology is one of the most popular A-level subjects in the country attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much that they eventually choose a biologically related degree course – such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, biomedicine, microbiology, physiology, optometry, anatomy, nursing, biochemistry, zoology, forestry, marine biology, forensic science, food science, – the list is endless!

Some students following their Biology studies proceed to a career in law, computing, accounting, teaching, etc. So, whether you prefer to work in the field of science, education, law, or in business, etc. you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career