The relevance of Biology in the modern world is undeniable. From medicine to climate change, Biology holds many of the answers to the challenges our world faces. It is a fascinating subject that helps us to understand more about ourselves and the natural world in which we live.
At Eltham College, we follow the AQA A Level specification. This is an excellent, challenging, yet thoroughly enjoyable course that will give you a deep understanding of fundamental biology topics, as well as many skills that can be applied to a wide range of future studies and careers. In the first year you will study topics including cell division, transport, exchange, the immune system, genetics, natural selection, ecosystems and genetic diversity.
In the second year we take an in-depth look at the complex biochemical processes of respiration and photosynthesis, as well as the nervous system, hormones, population genetics and modern gene technology.
As in all A Level Sciences, you will carry out a series of 12 ‘Required Practicals’ over the two years. In these, you will be assessed against a series of established criteria and gain experience using a variety of apparatus and techniques to achieve a ‘Practical Endorsement’. The AQA practicals are excellent and perfectly complement the theory you will learn in class. You will, of course, carry out other practical activities too, and at the end of Year 12 we go away on a field course to put ecological theory into a real-world context.
There are many reasons to study A Level Biology, from pure enjoyment and interest to a desire to pursue the subject further in higher education and careers. The department has an excellent track record in supporting students with medical and university applications. As mentioned, the course is challenging and will push you to develop highly transferable analytical and evaluative skills alongside your subject knowledge.
We explicitly teach these skills, enabling you to reach your potential in examinations. You will be taught by two subject specialist teachers who are ably supported by an excellent and well-resourced technician team.