The Science Department

A-Level Biology

At A-Level, we expand our knowledge about of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.

Why study A-Level Biology?
Biology involves the study of a wide range of topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and microorganisms to mammoths. Many areas of biology are at the cutting edge of science with vital innovations occurring every year.
Biology is also a well-recognised and respected course and is identified as a key facilitating subject by the Russell Group of Elite Universities. It can lead students on to study many different types of science course at university. Students from Poole High School have gone on to study pure Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Forensics as well as medical related courses such as physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry and nursing.
Success in biology involves plenty of additional independent study, a love of science, a problem solving brain and the ability to efficiently carry out practical work.

Topics studied include

  • Biological molecules
  • Cell structure
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfer in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Assessment Method
A level – 3 written assessment papers, each 2 hours long. A non-exam practical endorsement.