Biology

Subject Talk

Transition materials for Y11 going into Y12


WHAT IS BIOLOGY?
Biology is fascinating and involves studying everything from the molecular structure of cell components to animal behaviour and the interactions of organisms with their environment and each other.

Biologists try to understand every living organism, from the smallest bacterial cell to the largest mammal; from the tallest tree to microscopic algae.

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY?
Studying Biology could be the opening to an exciting range of Biology careers or the continued study into other sciences.

The origins of living things and how they work is fundamental to the world we live in and, whether your interest is in the animal world, marine life, humans or plant life, the study of Biology is the core of further knowledge and discovery.

Biology at Cowley is a versatile stepping stone to many fields of work and study.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a grade 6 – 6 or above in GCSE Combined Science, or a grade 6 in GCSE Biology is required. Students who are not taking Mathematics at A-level will be required to participate in a Core Maths session which will focus on the Maths skills needed to be a successful Biologist.

A positive college interview is required.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
The course is assessed through three exams at the end of Year 13:
35% – topics 1 – 4
35% – topics 5 – 8
30% – all topics

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN BIOLOGY?
A-level Biology can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Forensic Science, Biomedical and Biological Sciences. Biology can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors.