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A-level Biology at UTC@harbourside

Course description

Here at Harbourside our A Level biology course follows the AQA specification which provides a thorough understanding of the essence of animal and plant life, providing a platform from which to go onto further study in any biological field at university.

The specification allows us freedom to study particular examples of our choice which provides us with a fantastic opportunity to give the course a marine theme in many areas, in line with harbourside’s specialism in marine engineering. Examples of this marine theme include the opportunity to carry out a dissection of a squid to investigate the transport mechanisms inside it’s body, and also a bony fish dissection to study the counter current principle of gas exchange across the gills. Our coastal location also provides the ideal setting to carry out fieldwork to study diversity in a marine ecosystem. As well as focusing on marine biology, the particular interests and future career aspirations of our students will be taken into account during the teaching of the syllabus, and examples used in class will be planned with each individual’s interests in mind.

Engineering principles will be applied at the cellular level while studying the genetic engineering section of the syllabus, and trips to the university of Brighton will allow students to learn about medical technology first-hand.

Trips and visits have included a three day introduction to marine biology study course in Malta, as well as fieldwork carried out closer to home at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex and at the Seven Sisters Country Park.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Biology or Grades BB if taken the Double Science GCSE.

5 GCSE's grade A*-C or 4 and above, including English and maths.

Interview Required.

Future opportunities

This A-level will give you the opportunity to progress to university to study a range of degree courses in any biological field.

Further information

Previous study visits have included a three-day introduction to marine biology course in Malta as well as fieldwork carried out at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex and the Seven Sisters Country Park.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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