Hello and welcome to the Biology Department here at Reigate College.
My name is Alys Dreux and I’m the course leader for Biology A Level. Biology is a really popular A Level choice and I’m really pleased you’re planning on taking it as one of your A Level options.
To help prepare you for the course and to get you excited about studying it at A Level, I’d like you to complete the tasks and activities below (that are being released in three phases). Many of the initial tasks are exploratory in nature, so give you the opportunity to delve more deeply into a specific topic, if its an area of of particular interest to you.
You’re not required to formally submit your findings, but you’ll have the chance to share what you’ve learnt with teachers and fellow Biologists when you start at the College in September.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. We hope you enjoy working through them and learning more about this brilliant subject! I look forward to welcoming you to the Department in person.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
As an A Level Biologist, you’ll study a variety of biological content linked
to the following themes:
Cell & Molecular Biology,
Anatomy & Physiology and
Ecology & Conseravtion.
To help start preparing you for the course in September, we’d like you
to have a go at the following activities by 1 June.
1. Take a look at the Wildlife Trust’s website
Even when you’re stuck at home, you can still connect with nature via the Wildlife Trust.
Good secions to start with include: Macromolecules, Structure of a Cell, Membranes, DNA and Human Biology.
Have fun exploring and don’t forget to aim to complete these tasks by 1 June, when we’ll be releasing ‘Get Going’ course specific tasks.
Get Going – 1 June
Your Get Going task for Biology A Level is to complete five GCSE Review
packs. These cover important areas that are needed for the first parts of the
Biology A Level course.
packs should be completed by 1 July.
The review packs have been prepared using BBC GCSE Bitesize so please
use the links provided at the start of the packs to help you.
In a lot of cases you will see two links for each section based on the
exam board (AQA and Edexcel). Don’t worry if you’ve studied a different exam
board (i.e. OCR), the biology information will still be recognisable.
You must use all links to access all the
information you need to complete the pack. You will also need to work
through the whole GCSE Bitesize link in order to get all
the information you need to provide the best possible answers you
can. You can also use your GCSE textbook, class notes and GCSE revision guide
to add in more relevant Biology that you have covered in school.
In some cases, there may be new Biology that you haven’t come
across before. If this is the case,
please still have a go! All the content is of GCSE standard and it will all be
useful in helping you extend your knowledge into the A Level.
Every bit of theory within the review packs will be used once you
start the A Level course.
How to complete them: There are two main possible ways to complete the
1. Print out the packs and complete by hand (this is the preferred
2. If you don’t have access to a printer then please save the packs somewhere safely and write out the questions and answers on file paper.
important you have a copy of your completed packs at the start of the
A Level as they will help you get started with the A Level content.
Try your hardest and do your best!
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.