The aims of this course are to encourage students to:
Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology.
Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works .
Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.
During the course you will cover a wide range of biological concepts including:
Molecules essential to life, their structure, their formation and their function. Processes; the biochemistry of the Calvin cycle in photosynthesis and the Kreb�s cycle in respiration.
The structure of cells, organelles and their function. The process of cell division, specialisation, organisation and cancer.
Exchange & Transport:
The importance of exchange surfaces and how they vary. The methods of transport and factors affecting them.
Genes & DNA:
The structure of DNA and process of replication. Transcription and translation of DNA to form proteins. The importance of gene technology, advancements in genome mapping and the control of gene expression.
Populations & Biodiversity:
The importance of biodiversity, the impact of humans and classification of animals. Demonstrating evolutionary links and the process of evolution. Investigating populations and ecology.
Communication & Control:
The communication of the nervous system, the hormonal control and bio regulation.
12 compulsory practicals in which you must demonstrate competency in various skills. These are linked to many biological concepts throughout the course.
5 GCSEs grade 5 or above. Must have grade 6 or above in combined Science