Biology KS5

Biology continues to be a highly popular subject for A-level students at Ashlawn School. Biology as a core Science is usually studied in combination with Chemistry and Physics. However, as a natural Science, Biology is also complemented by the study of Geography, Maths, P.E and Psychology. Biology forms the basis of new and exciting fields of study, such as Biotechnology, Genomics and Conservation but also provides a useful background to a wide variety of higher education courses including; radiography, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, forensic science, archaeology, marine biology, ecology, sports studies, biochemistry, teaching and even law.

Throughout the A Level Biology course, Ashlawn Sixth Form students will have the opportunity to study a wide range of biological topic’s that will allow them to broaden and deepen their understanding of the biological world. Students will examine the structure and role of key biological macromolecules include proteins, carbohydrates and lipids and nucleic acids. They will also explore the ultrastructure of cells and examine how cellular communication and co-operation allows organisms to carry out fundamental life processes. Through this course, students will also have the opportunity to learn about the structural function and role of communication, exchange and transport systems and will examine these systems in a variety of living organisms. In addition to this, students will explore the causes of disease and the effects they have on organisms. At a higher level students will look at the evolutionary processes that have led to the great wealth of diversity we see in the natural world, exploring how this diversity can be studied and manipulated through the use of genomics and biotechnology.

KS5 Biology follows the OCR two year Linear A level Biology course.  Students will study six modules over two years in addition to carrying out a number of practical skills (PAGs) which will make up the practical endorsement component of this course.

This course is divided into six modules, each containing different key concepts of Biology.

Module 1 Development of practical skills in Biology
Module 2 Foundations in biology
Module 3 Exchange and transport
Module 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy
Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Course Teachers:

Mr Paul Foxton:
Mrs Siobhan Crabb:
Mrs Julia Woodward:
Miss A Hagyard: