spotlight on… biology

We take a closer look at A-level Biology which is available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our current students, Katie who joined us from De La Salle, to give us a bit of insight into the course, what’s involved and what it’s like studying it here at Cowley Sixth Form College.


When did you first consider studying Biology at sixth form?

When I picked my GCSE’s. I didn’t do separate sciences at school but wanted to do Biology from an early age

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

I had a career in mind that involved the Human Anatomy side of Biology.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

I think the things that surprised me the most was the wide range of different aspects of Biology that we study, it can be genetics, or nerves, the ecosystem or biochemistry, all within a short period of time.

Biology is “The study of Life”, do you have the opportunity to work with organisms?

Yes. We have used locusts to see the effects of ventilation and gas exchange along with invertebrates to show responses to stimuli – plant life is always used in lessons on those topics.

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

We are given lots of resources to aid our independent study and we are regularly in contact with our teachers who are able to find time for one-to-one support.

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

I really like the variety of tasks we carry out and the ability to work in small groups to gather the opinions of others. It’s also good to see how the topics we cover in class relate to everyday Biology in humans!

What have you found the most challenging?

The simple answer is… Woodlice escaping during a practical! Otherwise, the step up in content and volume of work was a little bit daunting at the beginning but you get used to it.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

Make sure it is a subject that you really want to do!

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick Biology? If yes, why? If no, why not? 

Yes – it’s a subject that continues to amaze me! It’s also part of my university plans!


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