A Level Biology

Why Study Biology?

Saving threatened species, studying microbes, curing diseases? Today’s world offers many challenges to a biologist. Which ones are you interested in? With exciting advances in areas such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, the environment and marine science – there is no greater time to be studying Biology.

The department is well-resourced and we try to make the subject as hands-on as possible – organising trips to spend the day at Nower Wood Nature Reserve to experience real life Biology and a trip to Camber Sands to investigate sand dune succession.

Biology not only opens your mind, it opens doors to your future.” – Mrs. Davison, Head of Biology

What are the Career Opportunities?

Whether deciding on a career in psychology, medicine, genetics, forensics, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, biochemistry or journalism, a biological qualification gives you many skills and increases your career options so you can adapt to the world changing around you.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
Includes: Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.
Module 3 – Exchange and transport Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Includes: • Exchange surfaces • Transport in animals • Transport in plants. Includes: • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system • Biodiversity • Classification and evolution.
Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Includes: • Communication and homeostasis • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control • Neuronal communication • Hormonal communication • Plant and animal responses • Photosynthesis • Respiration.

Includes: • Cellular control • Patterns of inheritance

•Manipulating genomes • Cloning and biotechnology

• Ecosystems • Populations and sustainability.


Many of the students hope to study science-based courses at University. The quantity of practical work being undertaken is a strength of this Centre [and Dunottar demonstrates] excellent practice and really ensures students are prepared for practical activities. – Katie Verrecchia, OCR Visiting Science Monitor

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