Biology A level

Head of Biology Dr J Piercy

The Biology department follows the AQA 7401/2 specification. Through the school library, students are provided with textbooks that cover the course. The department also provides students with other key resources such as glossaries, key notes, past papers and revision aids. In addition, we also teach students how to organise their notes and with how to approach independent work, two skills that are crucial for success at both KS5 and beyond!

The course is examined at the end of year 13. Students sit a total of three exams covering the content from the two years. In addition successful pupils are also awarded a practical skills certificate which some universities require for entry onto their courses. 

Full details of the specification can be found here:

Many of our former pupils go onto study biology related courses at many destinations including Russell group universities. Destination courses include medicine, biomedical sciences, neuroscience, biology, marine biology and biochemistry.

Each year the department chooses a pupil in year 13 for the ‘Tony Chesson award for excellence in Biology’. In 2019, this award was given to Andreia de Mata. Throughout her two years with us, Andreia not only worked exceptionally hard with her own studies, but supported those around her. She displayed excellent resilience, never giving up and always pushing herself forward to improve. In addition to this, she also helped out in the department at several open evenings, talking to prospective year 7 pupils and their families and prospective year 12 pupils and their families. We wish Andreia and all of our class of 2019 all the best in their new endeavours.