BiologyAbout the department
Why study biology at AS or A-level?
We are a team of enthusiastic, dynamic, innovative and experienced
staff, many of whom are current A-level examiners.
We provide a supportive environment to help you to reach your full
There are 14 specialist biology teachers, who teach more than 700
students taking Biology and Applied Science courses. The numbers
studying Biology have grown from 360 in 1996 to over 700 in 2006. This
is in direct contrast to the national trend, where figures have fallen
over recent years.
Our results are way above the National levels/averages!
We offer a variety of extension projects, including the Biology
Olympiad and the OCNW/Liverpool University Curriculum Enrichment
Project. We also organise visits to A-level conferences at
universities, arrange visiting speakers and organise practical
sessions at local universities.
What topics will be covered?ASUnit 1: Biology and disease
The department will offer the AQA AS and A-level courses in Biology.
The AS courses are one year courses which are completed in the first
The full A-level courses last for two years. The AS results count
towards the full A-level qualification achieved after two years of
Students will get the opportunity to particpate in practical work and
If you plan to follow a science or medically related degree course at
university, Biology is very desirable and a considerable advantage.
If you plan to take Chemistry at A or AS-level, Biology is a
complementary subject which will help to reinforce many similar skills.
The course is also suitable for students with an interest in human
Unit 2: The variety of living organisms
Pathogens and disease
Digestion and enzymes
Membranes and transport
Heart and lungs
Blood and immunity
Unit 3: Coursework
Classification, variation and genetic diversity
DNA and meiosis
Biochemistry and cellular organisation
Mitosis and the cell cycle
Gas exchange and water transport in plants
Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
This unit will assess the ability to:
A2Unit 4: Populations and Environment
demonstrate and describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques
make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations and
measurements with appropriate precision and accuracy
analyse, interpret, explain, and evaluate the methodology, results and
impact of their own and others' experimental and investigatory
activities in a variety of ways.
Unit 5: Control in cells and organisms
Respiration and photosynthesis
Energy, ecosystems and nutrient cycles
Unit 6: Coursework
Nervous and hormonal control
DNA, protein synthesis, and gene mutations
Gene regulation, gene cloning and gene therapy
Skills as AS Unit 3
AQA Specifiation at a glance : Full AQA specificationAQA Biology
my time at Greenhead I have enjoyed the Biology AQA course. The packs
provided are very useful, containing all the information required for each
module and the staff are very helpful if you have any problems.
study Salters Chemistry and Physics and took AS Mathematics last year
which aided the Physics course'.
'AQA is great if you like to learn
in a highly structured manner. You are fully supported by teachers and
given plenty of help whenever you need it.
AQA Biology is extremely
interesting covering a wide range of topics from evolution of species to
photosynthesis and digestion.
Support material for AQA Biology is
excellent. The college intranet offers many power point presentations and
diagrams. Each topic is covered by typed note booklets and plenty of
course specific text books are provided'.Entry Requirement
the largest department in the college and largest Biology department in
the country, we welcome all students, whatever their background or career
aspirations. All we ask is that they should have already gained a grade C
pass in GCSE Mathematics and Biology or CC in Dual Award Science at the
higher tier of study and have met the college entry requirements.
can I do with A-level Biology?
Many of our students go on to study
biology related courses at university. An increasing number of students
each year are successful in obtaining places on highly competitive courses
including medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy
and a variety of courses at Oxford or Cambridge universities. The
following courses are typical of the variety of biology related courses
taken up by our Biology students:
students use biology as a valuable and interesting subject to take them on
to a variety of courses including:
Agriculture, Geology, Sociology,
Psychology,Archaeology, History, Law, French, Fine Art, Accounting, Music,
Management Studies, Chemistry, Teaching, Art, Marketing, Drama and
Surveying. Some students take a GAP year before entering university and
others have gained employment. Some have taken on training courses with
the Armed Services or Police.
What advice would
you give to a new student?
"Listen in class and keep on revising
because if you go on to A2 the work will crop up and surprise you!"
all work in folders and take time to revise all key points"
course is challenging but fun if you are willing to work hard to achieve"
hard and enjoy. The work required is hard but the effort you put in will
be worth it."
"Attend all lessons, listen attentively and do all
the homework set"
What have you enjoyed most about your course?
fieldtrip was awesome, lessons were exciting yet informative"
experiments and videos"
"Learning new topics and working with
"The teacher was excellent and the work was good"