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A Level: Biology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60146254
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

What governs the colour of your eyes? What are proteins? How do some organisms become extinct? How is it others survive? How do the cells in my body work together?

In A-level Biology we ask questions of what we find around us. The discovery of why, what and how organism survive on out plant. The lessons are about exploration and are student-led where possible, creating independent learners who question the world around them

What do I need to start a Biology A-level course?

Enthusiasm!

At least 6 GCSE’s grade 5 or higher, including English Language and Mathematics at a Grade 6.

Grade 6-6 or higher in Trilogy Science GCSE (Double) 

Grade 6 or higher in Biology GCSE and 6-6 in the other two sciences

There is overlap between Biology and the other sciences, especially Chemistry. There are also obvious links with Mathematics, and it is strongly advised students take this course in addition to their Biology studies. However, none of these are mandatory for a study of Biology, we will be happy for students to take Biology out of pure interest, yet this could limit progress in some areas of the course. 


How will it be delivered?

We follow the AQA Biology (7402) syllabus: details can be found on the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk. 

The content is as follows: 

Year 12

Biological Molecules

Cells

Organisms And Their Environment

Genetic Variation & Relationships

Year 13 

Energy Transfer Between Organisms

Response

Genetics and Evolution

Gene Expression

The full A-level qualification has there terminal examinations which will cover the content of the whole two-year course and assesses the twelve required practical. In order to progress to the A-level course it is expected that that you pass internal assessments to at least a grade D. 

Practical assessment will be covered by maintaining a lab book of twelve required experimental tasks.  A complete lab book is a requirement of passing the practical skills assessment.  The theory of practical skills and data analysis is examined within the examinations.   


Entry requirements

GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For all Level 3 pathways five passes (9-4) or more at GCSE's are required including at least Grade 4 in Maths and / or English Language. 66 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Biology.

Your next steps...

Biology A-level is one of the most well-respected qualifications available and will help provide you with transferable skills to support you in almost all career choices.

Biology is usually required for University courses in; 

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biochemistry

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