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Biology at Stantonbury Campus

Course description

The word biology is derived from the Greek words bios meaning life and logos meaning study and is defined as the science of life and living organisms. Among the many benefits, this new specification is designed to encourage candidates to develop: an enthusiasm for biology and practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles associated with biology. Over the course of two years students will study the following: How disease affects an organism's systems and how biological knowledge enables us to understand the symptoms, the importance of genetic and environmental factors on variation and how this variation is reflected in biochemistry and cellular organisation, energy transfer in ecosystems and how man is affecting the ecological balance, how genetic variation can cause new species to form, and homeostasis and gene expression is explored as are the nervous and hormonal systems. There are many opportunities to complete practical work some of which contributes 20% of the total A Level. Achieving an A Level in Biology has many benefits, not least the training and rigor associated with any science A Level course. It will enable you to carry on your studies not just in biology but many other disciplines including HumanBiology, Plant Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Taxonomy and many others. At the end of the first year, students will sit two examinations covering all of the AS topics. There is also a practical based coursework completed during the year. In the second year students will sit two more exams as well as complete a second investigative piece of coursework.


Five level two qualifications (e.g. A* - C at GCSE). At least four of these grades will be from GCSE. Grade B or above in both GCSE Sciences and preferably a grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stantonbury Campus directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years