Biology is the study of life and life processes, from the smallest biological molecules, through organ systems and the variety of organisms on the planet, to the largest ecosystems and habitats where these organisms live and interact.
As such a huge subject area, Biology gives a fascinating range of knowledge and insight into not only how other species survive, but also the mysterious workings of our own body.
Up to age 14 you are introduced to various basic aspects of organisms and how life works, and from GCSE onwards through A Level you add more technical concepts and details that provide more understanding, giving more interest and stimulus to the subject.
Biology leads towards careers in research, fieldwork, analysis and medicine, to name a few possibilities. The development of antibiotics, vaccination and genetically modified organisms have all come about due to Biological Science, and there is a huge amount still to discover!
During studies you will develop the ability to learn, recall and organise large amounts of information, and will improve your ability to analyse data and evaluate conclusions based on the data, so will be better able to spot ‘bad science’ whenever you see it around you and in the media (a common occurrence).
For higher studies, to get on to a biology-related degree there is obviously variation between what the different universities require, but you will usually need at least two A Levels, including Biology and preferably Chemistry, as there is considerable overlap between the two subjects. You are also likely to need at least five GCSEs including Science, English and Maths.
For more information on the subject, including new articles and helpful advice, visit: the Royal Society of Biology website
Biology is a very real and living subject and studying this subject is extremely interesting and can be great fun. It can also tell us a great deal about ourselves.