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A Level Biology

Science and Mathematics

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

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



Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers, particularly in healthcare, medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. The list is pretty long and includes: nursing, dentistry, forensic science,
psychology, physiotherapy, botany, environmental science, zoology, geology, oceanography, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, genetics and research. As with the other sciences, Biology helps you to build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills.  If you study Biology, you will likely find yourself working on group projects, which will help you build your teamwork and communication skills too.

Why study A-Level Biology?

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, director of education and training at the Society of Biology, says: “Biology opens up exciting
career possibilities. From conservation to cancer research, biologists are tackling important 21st century challenges, and we need skilled young people to be part of this. It is also important to remember that Biology is excellent preparation for non-scientific careers, thanks to the skills it provides – everything from analytical thinking to writing reports.”


Moreover, Biology has been named as a “facilitating subject” by the Russell Group of universities. These are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. They can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree and many of the top universities will ask you to have at least one A-level in a facilitating subject when you apply.



Course  Content
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology


Module 2: Foundations in Biology
 - Cell Structure
 - Biological molecules
 - Nucleotides and nucleic acids
 - Enzymes

 - Biological membranes
 - Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3: Exchange and transport
  - Exchange surfaces
  - Transport in animals


 - Transport in plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
 - Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the
    immune system
 - Biodiversity
 - Classification and evolution


Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
 - Communication and homeostasis
 - Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
 - Neuronal communication
 - Hormonal communication

- Plant and animal responses
 - Photosynthesis
 - Respiration

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
 - Cellular control
 - Patterns of the inheritance
 - Manipulating genomes

 - Cloning and biotechnology
 - Ecosystems
 - Populations and sustainability


How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

 5 GCSE's at Grade 4 and above including Grade 5 or above in GCSE Biology or Grade 5,5 in Combined Science at GCSE .  *Students taking more than one Maths or Science subject will require 5 GCSE’s at grade 5 or above, including English and



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