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Biology at Outwood Academy Hemsworth

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Duration: 2 Years

What will I Study?

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammals. Biology is never far from the headlines either. Current topics in the news include stories about human cloning, stem cell research, the problems caused by cutting down rainforests, AIDS and genetically modified foods. Biology encourage students to show knowledge and understanding of the facts, principles and concepts from different areas of biology and to make and use connections between them.

Course content


Course Content

A Level Biology is a two-year course. It is taught through a combination of practical and theory sessions, using interactive materials to bring up-to-the-minute information into lessons. In the first year, you will study three main topics: "Biology and Disease", "The variety of living organisms" and a practical assignment which is designed to sharpen your investigative skills. The assignment is set and marked by the exam board and is completed in lesson time - so you don't have to spend weeks researching a written piece of coursework. The full course helps you build on this firm foundation of biological knowledge. The two academic topics studied are "Populations and Environment" and "Control in Cells and Organisms". A second exam board-set practical assignment allows you to investigate a different area of Biology.


Entry requirements

Students should hold a minimum of 5 A* - C GCSE grades (or the new Grades 4 - 9) including Grade B (Grade 5+) and above at GCSE Biology/Science.


How will I be assessed? Timed examinations.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to a biologically-related degree course such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Marine Biology, Zoology or Forensic Science, Biotechnology and Pharmacology are growing industries employing many Biology graduates. Biologists are vitally important in such areas as food production, ecology and cell biology. Others choose careers as diverse as law, computing, accounting or teaching.

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 2016
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