Cheslyn Hay Academy, Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7JQ
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Biology A Level

Curriculum Intent

Biologists will have the knowledge, skills and desire to understand and question the world around them.

Why should I study Biology

Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living organisms in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. They try to understand how animals and organisms work (including us humans), how we evolved and the mechanisms that can make us sick or improve our health.

Studying Biology at A Level will increase the breadth and depth of your understanding of a wide range of topic areas to prepare you for further study or a career in Biology. It can also support other subjects such as Sport, Psychology, Maths and Chemistry as there are many links between these subjects. It will develop and demonstrate a wide range of skills that are important to employers.

The department favours this qualification because of its vocational context and relevance to the world of work. Students will have the opportunity of developing personal and independent ideas within each of the specialist areas we offer. It will enable students to directly access degree courses in their chosen career path.

The academy for the last 25 years have continuously had a 100% pass rate. For the last 10 years our students gained some of the top results in Art and Design in the country. Alongside developing skills on the course students in the academy can have access to a personal Arts advisor and are encouraged to work on projects within the community and trust to enhance their personal and professional portfolio.

What skills will I gain?

Studying Biology develops key practical skills and you can achieve a “Practical Endorsement” alongside the A Level itself that demonstrates you are competent in a range of practical skills including dissection, colorimetry, chromatography and quantitative testing.

Biology also develops personal skills that are highly sought after by Further Education providers and employers such as independent study and organisation, working as part of a team and supporting others. It will also develop you writing and problem-solving skills.

What career path is Biology suitable for?

Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM careers, particularly in Healthcare, Medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. The list is pretty long and includes; Nursing, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Botany, Environmental Science, Zoology, Geology, Oceanography, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Teaching, Science Writing, Genetics and Research.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at level 4 or above; including English and/or maths.
  • National data suggests successful students will have achieved an average points score of 6.32 or more.