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Biology

A-level Biology

What will you be learning?
Biologists are responsible for advances made in biotechnology, medicine, food production and genetics. On this course you will learn about new scientific advances and the application of Biology in these rapidly developing fields, and will have the opportunity to develop your practical science skills and evaluate the ethical use of Biological Science.

The course covers the following topics 1-4 from AS above together with topics:

  • Energy transfer in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Method of Assessment:
Two papers (35% each) covering topics1-4 and then topics 5-8, together with a synoptic paper(30%) assessing topics 1-8 and including an essay. All papers include questions related to practical skills.

Entry Requirements:
All A-level Biology students will sit the AS exam in Y12 so initially the entry requirements will be as for AS. To continue to A-level, students will need to gain at least an E grade at AS (note that AS level grade will not contribute to the A-level grade)

What other learning could you do:
This course complements other A-level courses. Potentially this could then lead onto degrees in science related subjects or more other higher education courses. With an A-level in Biology, this may lead onto a job related to Biology such as a Doctor, Dentist, Vet, Optician, Science Technician or Marine Biologist. It is also possible to go straight into a job as the A-level is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

What career options do you have?
A-level Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Zoology, Marine Biology or Forensic Science. Graduates with degrees in biological related subjects are able to pursue careers in fields as diverse as Finance, Computing, Retailing or the Armed Services by virtue of the interdisciplinary, personal and intellectual skills they have acquired.

AS Level

What will you be learning?
Biology is a very exciting field at the moment. It has been at the forefront of many scientific advances in recent years with breakthroughs in areas that including stem cells, epigenetics and immunology and is rarely far from the headlines. Biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.
On the course you will learn about many of these subjects and will be able to develop your practical science skills and evaluate the ethical use of Biological Science. Students will have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork studies, listen to the latest developments in Biology from visiting speakers and carry out advanced practical work at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Biological molecules (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes, nucleic acids)
  • Cells (cell structure, mitosis, transport across membranes, immune system)
  • Organisms exchanging substances with their environment (gas exchange, digestion, mass transport)
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms (DNA transcription and translation, meiosis, selection, species)

Method of Assessment:
Two papers (50% each) covering topics1-4 including relevant practical skills

Entry Requirements:
Two Grade B’s in GCSE Science, Grade B in GCSE Maths, Grade B in GCSE English

What other learning could you do:
This course complements other A-level courses. It may lead to A-level Biology (AS exams grade will not contribute to A-level grade). Potentially this could then lead onto degrees in Science related subjects or more other higher education courses. With an A-level in Biology, this may lead onto a job related to Biology such as a Doctor, Dentist, Vet, Optician, Science Technician or Marine Biologist. It is also possible to go straight into a job as the AS is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. 

What career options do you have?
AS Biology and then A-level Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Zoology, Marine Biology or Forensic Science. Biologists are able to use their level of academic achievement outside a laboratory in sales or managerial roles. Graduates with degrees in biological related subjects are able to pursue careers in fields as diverse as finance, computing, retailing or the armed services by virtue of the interdisciplinary, personal and intellectual skills they have acquired.

 

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