Biology

Biology A Level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is?

Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) looks at Biology through up-to-date real-life contexts and makes innovative use of ICT. We use traditional teaching methods, practicals and the resources and teaching animations from the SNAB online website to cover the course content in an exciting and novel way.

The SNAB course uses real-life scenarios as a context for each chapter. This enables pupils to see the importance of each topic to everyday life as well as to understand how the subject matter inter-relates. These topics include the ever increasing problem of cardiovascular disease, the ethics behind genetic testing and why extinction is on the rise.

Course information:

First year:

  •  Lifestyle and health
  • Genes and proteins
  • DNA and development
  • Biodiversity and natural resources

Second year:

  •  Ecology, conservation and evolution
  • Infection, immunity and forensics
  • Physiology and energy
  • Nervous and hormonal control, learning and the brain

Full use is made of the excellent Biology facilities with a strong emphasis placed on practical work.  We also value learning outside of the classroom, with trips to the Natural History museum to see classification in action, a lab day on forensic science with At-Bristol and a neuroscience and Psychology day with a real brain dissection.

Practicals

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • using microscopes to see cell division
  • dissection of animal and plant systems
  • aseptic technique to study microbial growth
  • investigating activity within cells
  • •investigating animal behaviours
  • investigating distributions of species in the environment.

 These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

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School Office: +44 (0)1823 272559

contact@queenscollege.org.uk

© 2016 - 2019 QUEEN’S COLLEGE, TRULL ROAD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET TA1 4QS

Methodist Independent Schools Trust

Registered Office: Methodist Church House. 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

Charity No. 1142794. Company No. 7649422