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Why choose this subject?
An A Level in Biology develops the knowledge and skills you gained at GCSE.
It 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 subject, you will study many fascinating topics, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.
What will you study?
- Biological Molecules
- Organisms exchanging substances with their environment
- Genetic information, variations and relationships between organisms
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Organisms responding to changes in their internal and external environments
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- The control of gene expression
How is this course assessed?
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 the A levels, all of which are two hours long.
The science curriculum at Immanuel has been structured to embed a broad range of scientific knowledge and understanding in young people, giving them a deeper knowledge of the ever-evolving scientific and technological world around them6.
There are opportunities for students to enjoy hands on experience and develop practical skills within and outside the classroom through enrichment. We develop students’ passion for science by connecting with the reality of their lives and experiences, appreciating their value and highlighting their relevance to science. We endeavour to spark curiosity by challenging pupil perceptions of science in the wider world and promoting students’ scientific literacy by encouraging critical thinking. We challenge all students to raise their hopes and aspirations to be indispensable in the workplace and everyday life in this advanced technological age and understand how to make healthy lifestyle choices. Diversity is at the heart of everything we do, and a range of inclusive scientists are referenced throughout the curriculum promoting access for all.
Their study of science allows them to be prepared for their life journey including: Perseverance, securing their understanding of new technologies and the impact human activities have on the environment around them such as discovery of the microscope, the structure of atoms, products from crude oil and their associated implications. Using a science capital approach to engage students in topics that are relevant to their development in everyday life and so that they see the importance of this knowledge. Nurturing academic habits such as interpretation, evaluation and analyses to provide our students with real competencies to succeed in the modern world.
Our curriculum develops students’ character by fostering confidence, awe and wonder with phenomena such as: Why do flowers smell nice; why satellites don’t fall, but apples do; how organisms change over time; why we rely on microbes for survival. Encouraging students to critically consider the emerging moral issues and form knowledge-based opinions such as the use of embryos in research, the effect of human activities on biodiversity, animal welfare and selective breeding, use and abuse of natural resources. Encouraging students to engage in healthy debate, knowing how to use facts, evidence and knowledge and knowing how to listen and critically consider other viewpoints such as opposing views on vaccination programmes; evidence for and against climate change; the challenge of balancing human needs with those of the natural world.
Through a love of science students are inspired and have hope, offering pathways that foster confidence in countering social disadvantage and expanding horizons and aspirations to increase social mobility9.
6 Psalm 24:1– ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’
9 John 10:10 – Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.’
An A Level in Biology is highly regarded by employers when considering all lines of work. Further study at University could include Biology, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology or Toxicology and Pharmacy.