Biology is the science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, and distribution. Organisms studied range from simple one-celled organisms not seen with the naked eye (micro-organisms) to large complex organisms such as human beings. It includes botany and zoology, the study of plant life and animal life respectively.
During the two-year course A level students will attend at least 40 practical sessions including two fieldwork activities, one of which being coastal fieldwork. The Biology department also organises a nature walk and a dissection week. During the dissection week Biology students themselves describe and explain the structure of organs such as the heart to other school students. The Biology department also organises a brief work experience for its students at the beginning of summer.
Students who would like to start studying biology may do so by taking a SEC level course. This course also includes relevant practical work.
You can study Biology at:
|Advanced Level||A minimum of grade 5 at SEC level or equivalent is required||2 years||5 lessons per week||1 tutorial per week1 practical (2 lessons) per week|
|Refresher||Students must have previously completed the two year course in any institution||1 year||5 lessons per week||1 practical (2 lessons) per alternate week|
|Intermediate Level||No previous knowledge is required||2 years||3 lessons per week||N/A|
|SEC Level||Preferably subject must have been studied at SEC level||1 year course||4/5 lessons per week||2 practicals per week|
- Advance/Intermediate Biology cannot be taken with Intermediate Environmental Science.
- For SEC level students, practical sessions are available only for beginners.
The teaching programme is supplemented by
- Fieldwork activities
- Site visits (for Advanced level and Ordinary level students)
Further Studies/Career opportunities
- University of Malta
- Institute of Tourism Studies
- Careers in field biology & agriculture, forensic science, nursing & dental assistants, paediatric & geriatric carers