Year 12 is divided into four modules.
Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
The development of practical skills is a fundamental and integral aspect of the study of any scientific subject.
Module 2: Foundations in Biology
This module gives learners the opportunity to use microscopy to study the cell structure of a variety of organisms.
Module 3: Exchange and Transport
In this module, learners study the structure and function of gas exchange and transport systems in a range of animals and in terrestrial plants.
Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
In this module the learners study the biodiversity of organisms. It serves as an introduction to ecology, emphasising practical techniques and an appreciation of the need to maintain biodiversity.
Two further modules will be completed in Year 13.
Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
It is important that organisms, both plants and animals are able to respond to stimuli. This is achieved by communication within the body, which may be chemical and/or electrical.
Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
This module covers the role of genes in regulating and controlling cell function and development. Heredity and the mechanisms of evolution and speciation are also covered.
Lessons will be a mix of practical work (at least 12 ’PAG’ tasks have to be completed over the duration of the course) and standard theoretical teaching. There are opportunities for research and group work also.
Grade 6 in Biology/ Combined Science, Grade 5 in Maths
Progression onto University degree in Biological related subjects and careers including:
Biotechnologist, Higher education lecturer, Marine biologist, Microbiologist, Nanotechnologist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist (life sciences), Scientific laboratory technician, Secondary school teacher, Soil scientist, Teaching laboratory technician, Animal physiotherapist Dental hygienist, Dentist, General practice doctor, Health promotion specialist, Healthcare scientist, cardiac sciences Physician associate, Science writer, Sustainability consultant, Veterinary nurse, Zoologist, Pathology, Forensics