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A Level Biology at BSix

What is biology?
Put simply, Biology is the scientific study of life. As such, it encompasses the investigation of living organisms and life processes from the molecular, through cells and individual organisms to populations and whole communities of animals and plants.

Why study biology?

  • It is highly relevant to everyday life: from your own health, to the country's food supply and the control of disease.

  • Biology is one of the most dynamic fields of study with new discoveries making headline news on a regular basis, some example of this include: stem cell therapy, tissue engineering, GM crops, designer babies and regenerative medicine.

  • The biological sciences are very diverse – from molecular biology and biochemistry to evolution and ecology. A qualification in biology equips you with numerous skills: literacy, numeracy, analytical reasoning and will enable you to make connections between natural, social, economic, political and technological fields.

  • Biologists have many opportunities upon leaving school, for example: the pharmaceutical industry; clinical and health professions; conservation; agro forestry. For these fields and numerous others an A-Level in biology is looked upon favourably by universities.

What are the entry requirements?
You need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE grades A*-C including Maths, English and Core and Additional Science (or if an overseas applicant, recognised equivalents). You should complete the College application form and attend an interview.

How is the course taught?
You will be taught for five hours per week, all theory sessions will be taught in fully equipped classrooms using a range of teaching methods and online learning resources.

Recommended Reading
Revise OCR AS Biology By: Richard Fosbery, Lanto Stevens, Jennifer Gregory - The book is designed to complement your AS textbook and is made by the same publishers. An A2 version is also available.

Biozone OCR AS Biology workbook and model answers book - This workbook contains hundreds of worksheets to complete, very different from a revision guide. The worksheets are more detailed than the course textbook & is therefore a good way of stretching yourself to achieve those top grades. There is also an excellent section on practical skills. An A2 version is also available.

AS Level Biology OCR Revision Guide By Richard Parsons. - For those of you already familiar with CGP revision guides from GCSE this is for you. Not a great use of colour or pictures but it does contain all the key knowledge required. An A2 version is also available.

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry