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A-Level Biology

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Start DateEnd DateSiteDay(s)Start TimeEnd Time 
09/09/201923/06/2020College Main SiteWED10:4512:15Available for applications

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Course Information:

Introduction to this course

Studying Biology gives you a greater awareness of human interaction with environment and a better understanding of how the body works and how organisms function. Topics covered during this study programme include Cell Structure, Important Biological Chemicals, DNA & its significance, Nutrition, Reproduction, Microbiology, Respiration, the Nervous Systems and Evolution.

In the second year, there is a trip to Bristol Zoo to find out about conservation and sustainability. Learners have the option to travel to an exotic location to learn about local ecosystems and wildlife. Recent destinations have included Madagascar, Belize and Uganda.

Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* to C), including maths. You also need 9 - 4 (A* to B) in GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Biology (Higher Tier) or a Distinction in BTEC First Extended Certificate (Level 2) Applied Science.

Career prospects

After this study programme, you can apply for Higher Education or employment. Many university study programmes require A Level Biology, including Biology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Environmental Science and more. Graduates pursue careers in the Science and Health sectors, such as Biomedicine, Genetics, Horticulture and Food and Drink.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through external exams at the end of the second year in May/June. Throughout the two years, an assessment of practical work will also be made.

Course content/units

This course will give you a wide breadth of biological knowledge as it touches on many varied aspects.

Topics range from Internal Workings of Organisms in Physiology to the Role of Living Organisms in the Environment. For example we will study a number of different cell types, the structure and function of organs such as the heart and kidney, as well as the nervous, respiratory and digestive systems.

We will also look at molecules important in Biology, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and the nucleic acids DNA and RNA. A number of processes will be examined, such as enzyme catalysed reactions, respiration and photosynthesis.

Other areas explored include genetics and inheritance, the effects of human activities on the environment and the application of reproduction and genetics.

The course will use a variety of approaches which we hope which stimulate a long lasting interest, understanding and a sense of wonder of the living world.

Expenses for this course

You are encouraged to buy an appropriate textbook or revision guide. Details will be provided at the start of the course.

Mode of Study

This is a two year course comprising of 36 weeks of study in the first year and 32 weeks in the second year. During each week there will be three 1½ hours lessons. Classes start at 9.00am and finish at 4.15pm.

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