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Biology A Level at Haslingden High School, Specialist Arts, Maths and Computing College

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of topics; from the study of molecules in biochemistry to the study of whole ecosystems and how they change over millions of years. Biology is the science of life and, as a science, it also gives you the opportunity to develop practical skills, data analysis and the ability to think critically about information. All these skills are in huge demand from both universities and employers. As the world changes, with ecosystems being destroyed, personalised drugs being created, new diseases being discovered and ways to feed the ever increasing global population needed, the study of biology becomes only more relevant and important.

Course content

- Unit 1: Biological molecules
- Unit 2: Cells
- Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Unit 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
- Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Unit 6: How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
- Unit 7: Genetics, population, evolution and ecosystems
- Unit 8: The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE dual award Science or GCSE triple award Science. Grade 5 at both English and Maths GCSE are also highly recommended.


The course is assessed through examination only, with a separate endorsement of practical skills. At least 15% of the questions on the examination will assess your knowledge of how to carry out an experiment.

Future opportunities

Biology can lead to careers in the medical and health professions, zoology, marine biology, conservation biology, epidemiology, education, science writing, law, government and many others. As well as leading to a science based career, Biology can enable you to pursue a huge variety of non-science based careers as it is a well-respected course which develops a number of transferable skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haslingden High School, Specialist Arts, Maths and Computing College directly.

Last updated date: 07 February 2017
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