Biology

Overview

Studying biology shows us how all living forms are interconnected. As an A Level, this course will prepare you for taking your studies to the next level.

You’ll find the skills you develop as a student with us are highly transferable and an excellent preparation for a wider range of courses you may study in the future.

If you’re looking to study for a medical course at university, A Level Biology is usually demanded.

What we study

We study a variety of topics including variation, evolution, ecology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and reproduction.

The course will suit you if you like learning lots of new information, carrying out practical investigations and microscopy.

Each component will contain topics from the following; biological molecules and their properties, cell and membrane structure (of bacteria, plants and animals), cell division, enzymes, biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis, microbiology, populations and nutrient cycles, nervous system, homeostasis, DNA replication, variation and evolution, human impact and current applications of genetics.

Your future

Career options for biologists are hugely varied - you could work anywhere - from the Amazon to the Arctic, and in a wide range of industries and professions.

Biology is a fascinating science subject with highly interesting opportunities in research, environment and health areas. Many of our students go on to study biology at university in a wide range of subjects, including marine biology, immunology, genetics, radiography, environmental health, biomedical sciences, pharmacology and natural history and wildlife studies.

How you’ll be assessed

The course consists of three components, each assessed at the end of the two years by written exam.

The practical elements of the course will be recorded in practical books throughout the two years. This allows you to gain the practical accreditation.

Students will initially study a core concepts course, which is assessed throughout the three component exam papers.

Factfile

Level: A Level

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements plus; GCSE Biology grade 6.

GCSE Combined Science and Maths: you must have a profile of 6/6/5 across this combination.

GCSE Maths GCSE Maths grade 5 or above and GCSE English grade 4 or above.

If you have taken other science qualifications, you will need to discuss this with us.

Great subjects to partner A Level Biology:

Chemistry, Physics, and Maths. Students are strongly recommended to combine Biology with Chemistry due to the Biochemistry content.

To discuss if this course is for you, please get in touch.

Contact: Mrs C Allen and Ms L Carter

Email: cal@holycross.ac.uk or lca@holycross.ac.uk

For more information contact

Name: Mrs C. Allen
and Ms L. Carter

Email: lca@holycross.ac.uk
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