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A Level Biology

Overview of the course

The CIE Biology course provides (through well-designed studies of experimental and practical biological science) a worthwhile educational experience for all students whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level. In particular, the subject enables them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to be able to develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance.

At IGCSE Level, which is delivered in one year, we cover the basic biological concepts needed for further study. We spend much learning time on science language learning as well as scientific methodology to prepare the students for further study not only in biology, but also in chemistry and physics.

At AS Level, we offer a range of biology units including cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, immunity, diseases and ecology.

At A2 level, we cover areas such as respiration, photosynthesis, evolution, inherited changes, regulation and control in greater detail. Application units in the A2 course include major topics such as bio-diversity and conservation, biotechnology and gene technology. This aims to stimulate students' interest in the local and global environment and to promote their understanding of the need for conservation.

It is essential to have a high level of English for a theoretical science subject like biology. We therefore move slowly through the scheme of work at the beginning of the course to allow students an opportunity to develop the necessary language skills. In addition we incorporate many visual learning opportunities to give all students equal access to the learning material.

One of the aims in teaching biology in our centres is to enable students to be suitably prepared for studies in biological sciences, and other science courses, in higher education or in professional courses. The additional benefit is that students gain an understanding of local and global issues that stimulates debate and critical thinking skills.