Biology

Why study Biology at Isaac Newton Academy?

Biology is a vast and fascinating subject. It allows us to understand the essence of life, giving us the knowledge and skills required to tackle some of the greatest issues facing the world today. Our team of Biology specialists believe in challenging our students with a curriculum that engages and stimulates. Practical science skills will be developed through the numerous class experiments as our A-level students become scholars of the subject. Students will foster their analytical, mathematical and communication skills; all of which are transferable across the curriculum, making Biology a key facilitating subject for further study. Biology is an extremely desirable subject for careers in medicine, dentistry psychology, forensic science, marine biology, healthcare, sports science and pharmacology, among many others. The combination of written and mathematical skills, along with academic rigour, is heavily favoured by universities and employers.

What will I study?

Students will follow the AQA A-level Biology course. Topics studies will include:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • Immunology
  • Exchange Surfaces
  • Genetics
  • Bioenergetics
  • Populations and Ecosystems
  • DNA technology

How can I prepare for the course?

To help prepare for the challenges of A-level Biology, we have produced a summer learning pack, with lots of useful advice and practice questions to get you started.

If you have studied Double Science at GCSE, download this summer learning pack: Double Science Summer learning

If you studied Triple Science at GCSE, download this summer learning pack: Triple Science Summer learning

 

The following books will ensure you are well prepared to start your A-level in Biology. Always ensure the book you are choosing corresponds to the AQA course.

https://global.oup.com/education/product/9780198351771/?region=international

https://global.oup.com/education/product/9780198351795/?region=uk

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_a_level_biology_aqa

https://collins.co.uk/product/9780007590162/AQA+A+Level+Science+-+AQA+A+Level+Biology+Year+1+and+AS+Student+Book

 

The following are excellent websites to explore and expand your current understanding of Biology. They may be used throughout the course to find revision notes and past-paper questions.

http://www.thebiotutor.com/

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/biology-revision/a-level-aqa/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-2410/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

http://www.biologyguide.net/