Is it safe to eat genetically modified foods? Is it possible to clone a human being? What can we do about global warming? Will we ever be able to cure AIDS? If you are interested in questions like these, then Biology is the subject for you.
What will I study?
In the classroom there will be plenty of practical sessions and you will use these to also help develop skills for your written exams. The topics you will study include – the heart, disease, the digestive system, breathing and the immune system, DNA, cell division, haemoglobin, evolution and biodiversity. You will also look at – population growth, photosynthesis, respiration, food production, genetic inheritance, the nervous system, muscles, DNA, gene technology and genetic fingerprinting.
We run a programme of enrichment activities, as well as events such as DNA workshops. We also visit places of interest such as the Nowgen Centre in Manchester and Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve. Students aiming for degree courses at Oxbridge, or in medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry are given additional support to help them achieve their goals.
Where might it lead?
Most Biology students go to university to study for degrees in biological sciences, the sciences of the future, e.g. healthcare, genetics, biotechnology, pharmacology, environmental biology and microbiology. Biology A Level is essential for medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry, and important for physiotherapy, nursing and sports science.