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Biology - A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code PG2
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

If you enjoyed GCSE Biology, have an interest in learning more in depth, complex biological processes and are considering studying a science based subject at university, then this is the rightcourse for you. Biology is a demanding but fulfilling course. Throughout, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of scientific processes in a theoretical and practical context.

Details


Biology is a demanding but fulfilling course. Throughout, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of scientific processes in a theoretical and practical context. You will study Edexcel Advanced GCE Biology A (9BN0), studying 8 topics over two years. In your first year topics will include the cardiovascular system, gene expression and protein synthesis and structures of biological molecules. In year two, you will progress on to ecology, photosynthesis, immunity, microbiology, respiration and the nervous system. You will develop your skills by completing a range of practical competencies, together with 18 core practical experiments. These will count towards a separate Science Practical Endorsement.

How will it be delivered?


You will be assessed through three examinations at the end of your second year, each accounting for 33.33% of the total qualification: Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival. Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination. Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology. You will find studying this course alongside another science advantageous.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level. For new subjects not previously studied at GCSE, for example; Government and Politics, Psychology and Sociology you must have achieved a Grade 5 in English Language. To study Psychology you also need a Grade 5 in Mathematics or be willing to study Core Mathematics. Notwithstanding this, if you are applying to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics you must achieve a minimum of Grade 6 in the respective science at GCSE, or at least 6-6 in the Combined Trilogy Course, as well as (for Biology and Chemistry) a Grade 5 or higher in Mathematics or (for Physics) a Grade 6 at GCSE. For Further Mathematics A Level you will require a Grade 8 at GCSE Mathematics.

Your next steps...


Future Study and Career Opportunities Biology is a facilitating subject. Choosing facilitating subjects at A Level leaves open a wide range of options for Post-18 choices. It is a requirement for those who want to study Biological Sciences, Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Midwifery, Neuroscience, Nursing, Physiology, Radiography & Zoology at degree level. A Level Biology is also preferred but not essential for studying Pharmacology and Medicine. An A Level in Biology can lead to many career opportunities.

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