Students will sit externally assessed exams in the summer exam season at the end of both the AS and A-Level years. During the second year, students will also be assessed on their competency in a variety of practical skills. This will be reported separately as a pass/uncredited mark with their exam results.
You will have 5 1/2 hours per week of timetabled lessons with the expectation of at least 5 1/2 hours per week of independent learning outside of lessons.
Through studying A level Biology you will develop skills that will aid you in your future progression. You will learn (to name but a few):
• Exam technique
• The ability to both follow a set practical and to design your own practical investigation.
• To be able to write up a scientific report successfully which will be a useful skill when writing reports at University.
• Scientific research and academic referencing skills and using these skills to support your theories.
• Being able to work as a team during practicals, presentations and group work.
Students who complete this course can go onto a number of University courses which have a biological element. These include animal behaviour, nutrition, sports science and forensics.
A reading list will be made available to you upon enrolment. Other equipment required include:
• A large pukka pad (or equivalent)
• Black pens (only black ink can be used in exams)
• Scientific calculator (mandatory for exams and practicals)
• 0cm long ruler
West Kent College is an excellent place to study A level Biology. Highly qualified subject specialist teachers in modern laboratories teach the course. Each laboratory is well equipped with up to date technology allowing for a wide variety of practicals to be conducted ranging from microscopy to dissections, from gel electrophoresis to cultivating viruses.
Students are given a high level of support with 1-1 meetings occurring half-termly as well as the ability of all students to contact lecturers regarding any issues.
Students are supported in their independent work via Moodle, a virtual learning resource, which gives them access to lesson materials, videos and links to useful websites.
With the course being very practical based helps students develop the skills sought after by Universities.
This course is particularly aimed for students who enjoyed the sciences at GCSE and want to expand on the knowledge that they have gained.
If you found practicals interesting as supportive in your study you will benefit from the high level of practicals which are used throughout the course to support your studies.
Students hoping to go on to any University or Apprenticeship course with a Biological element from Medicine to Sports therapy from forensics to pharmaceuticals then this course will be the one for you.
The assessment style of the exams is similar to the style of the GCSE exams and therefore if you were comfortable with the layout of your GCSE exams you will be well prepared for your A level exams.