This course is aimed at students who wish to cover key biological theories and processes to further their knowledge from science GCSEs. This course will suit you if you wish to have a career or study a degree in a biological science. It will enable you to get an introduction to more complex theory than you will have covered at GCSE, as well as develop the necessary practical and analytical skills needed for further study. Examinations are at the end of two years so will require a thorough understanding of the different topics and you will enjoy the intellectual challenge of the work.
What will I learn?
In year one you will study the key concepts of Biology such as biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymes, nucleic acids), Cells and cell structure and membranes, transport (osmosis, diffusion, active transport) as well as plant transport, the cardiovascular system and the gas exchange system. You will also cover an ecology module and look at evolution and explain the immune response in infectious disease as well as look at non-infectious diseases such as coronary heart disease. During the second year you will study topics such as nervous and hormonal control of systems, the biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis, excretion, genetics and gene technology (cloning, and genetic engineering), and ecology. Practical work features heavily on the course and you will complete a series of practicals to fulfil the practical endorsement aspect of the course.
What else will I gain?
You will develop practical and investigative skills as well as numerical skills (10% of the Biology A Level). You will have the opportunity for group work developing communication skills as well as literacy to interpret questions and provide logical answers.
Why study this course at The Sheffield College?
All classes are delivered in purpose built laboratories. You will learn from specialist highly qualified staff with a range of academic and science work related backgrounds.
What will I need?
Personal study time - A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework is set on a regular basis and it is expected that students will work independently of set work in order to broaden their knowledge.
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional requirements: 6-9 in Maths, 6-9 in Double Science or Core plus Additional Science. 6-9 in Biology if sciences taken individually.
Where will it lead?
Many of our science A Level students progress to university to continue their studies in a variety of course areas. Biology could prepare you for a wide range of scientific careers including medicine, veterinary science, genetics, forensic science, ecology or agriculture. Some students go on to scientific careers in industrial or medical laboratories via apprenticeships. Even if you don't end up as a scientist, the skills you develop will be relevant to a wide range of careers.