A-Level Biology

Our tailor made courses for A-level Biology are designed to meet the specific individual needs of visiting groups and the requirements of specified practical investigations. Our specialist tutors deliver daytime and evening sessions covering all aspects of fieldwork; methodology and equipment use, data collection, analysis and statistics, evaluation and risk assessment.

We offer a range of ecology investigations to allow students to research organisms and environments first hand through fieldwork experiences. Using a range of sites in the New Forest as well as our own trawling boat, we offer investigations in woodland, freshwater, heathland, marine and beach ecology as well as succession studies at either Calshot saltmarshes or Studland Bay.

Case study

Investigating a New Forest heathland slope gives the opportunity for A-level students to explore the vegetation growing in this specialist environment and collect a range of abiotic data.

At Dibden Bottom, (pictured), students work in small teams to set up transects and use systematic quadrat sampling and ID keys to record changes in vegetation down the slope. During classroom sessions, students use kite diagrams, scatter plots and statistical testing to analyse their data before writing conclusions. As such, the investigation covers key methodological and data analysis and presentation methods required for a range of exam board specifications.

Biology field trip

Educational benefits

Environmental awareness

Develop a social responsibility for the environment.

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Teamwork

Cooperate with others in team tasks.

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Leading and supporting

Develop leadership skills.

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Communication

Develop good listening and communication skills.

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Problem solving

Develop strategies to help plan and deliver effective solutions to obstacles.

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