Why Choose Biology?
This course is vital to many careers such as medicine, dentistry, science and veterinary science, but also opens up great opportunities in diverse fields. The search for plentiful, healthy foods, new medicines, and sustainable
agriculture always requires the versatile, investigative and analytical skills of biologists, which are also valued in many non-scientific industry sectors.
The course is suitable for progression to biological and some medical courses. Biology is required for courses such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The course requires competency in Maths and involves use of biochemistry.
The units studied provide the foundation knowledge of cells, tissues and organs, and biochemistry, leading on via a ‘How Science Works’ approach.
Resources and Facilities
This popular department operates in well-equipped laboratories with a full-time technician to support practical work. Easy access to Nunnery Wood and the surrounding area provides a useful resource for ecological
and statistical studies.
Teaching and Learning Styles
Modules are divided into manageable units which encompass a wide range of teaching activities to suit all learning styles. Each is followed by an assessment using exam questions and giving feedback, providing a supportive and structured approach to the course.
Assessment is 100% exam based. Practical skills are assessed throughout the two years and at the end of the course, students can be given practical verification if they obtain the board’s stated practical competencies.
A variety of opportunities are available to have lectures from outside speakers. Sixth form lectures are also offered at Birmingham University, including some run by the Society of Biology. Additional fieldwork may also be arranged.
Many students go on to study vocational courses such as medicine, radiology and physiotherapy but the skills which biologists develop prepare them for a wide range of scientific and non-scientific careers. These could be as diverse as analytical research, marine biology, bioinformatics, anthropology, conservation and forensic science.
They can also involve integrated industrial placements giving additional skills so valued by employers.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Essential / Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Biology||5||5||Grade 6 or above in Combined Science or grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology and another science.||Mathematics for Science support session. Average GCSE score of 5.5||Willingness to participate in practical work.|