About the subject

The topics studied will build on prior learning at GCSE level and will cover a whole range of fundamental biological concepts applied to different situations to make the content interesting, relevant and current.
The main topic areas studied are: biological molecules, cells, exchange of substances between organisms and their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, DNA Technology and the control of gene expression.

Your tasks to complete

We recommend using the link below to read through the Biology notes sections  and then attempt the questions at the end of each topic. This will give you a good taster of some of the main topics that will be taught in A Level Biology as well as building on the skills you will need to succeed.

https://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/oxed/secondary/science/Science_preparing_for_A_Level_pack.pdf?region=uk

Pre-course reading

Thoroughly review your Biology notes and any text books you have from GCSE Science, this will give you a strong foundation for studying A Level Biology.
Browse through the A Level Biology Specification to get a better idea of what you will be studying:https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/introduction

Extended reading

Biological Sciences Review: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/biologicalsciencesreview

Useful websites and other resources

You will be required to buy a text book for this course, these will be available to buy a reduced price from college when your course begins.

Meet the tutors

Rachael has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science and a PGCE from The University of Sheffield. She qualified as a teacher in 2006.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you all in September and sharing my passion for Biology!

Meet the tutors

Tracy has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Science, a PGCE from the University of Sheffield and has been teaching for 30 years.

Tracy said: “Biology has such a diversity of topics, there is always something new and exciting to be discovered and it provides an excellent grounding for learning as it is very factual. Students will learn a variety of transferable skills, including analysis, evaluation and how to apply knowledge.”

Any questions?

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