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Biology - AS/A2 Level at Rochdale Sixth Form College

Course description


Biology is the study of all things living and will provide you with information you will use throughout the rest of your life! Studying Biology is a prerequisite of many prestigious courses including Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Optometry. Due to its accepted academic rigour Biology is well regarded by both Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities as well as a range of post A-Level apprenticeships and career pathways.

Biology is truly an analytical and evaluative subject. The skills a Biologist displays during lessons include logistical reasoning to justify unfamiliar phenomenon, problem solving based on factual knowledge and critical analysis of data to support biological conclusions. If you enjoy a challenge and have an inherent sense of wonder regarding living organisms and their interactions with the world around them then Biology is certainly for you. Students develop a host of other skills deemed necessary by universities such as resilience, resourcefulness and reflective self-development.

Course content

See Course description.

Entry requirements

To study A-Levels at RSFC you must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, covering at least four different subject areas. Two of the 5 A* - C grades must include GCSE Maths and English Language. A good school reference, attendance and behaviour record are also required as is a positive college interview. A few subjects have specific entry requirements. Relevant details can be found in the individual subject information pages.

The 5 A*-C must include Higher Tier GCSE Core AND Additional Science or BIology if you have studied the 3 separate sciences.

Financial information

If you are between 16 and 19 years old and think that you might struggle with the costs of full-time education you may apply for a bursary. The students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:

• Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

• Young people in care• Care leavers

• Young people in receipt of income support

Other students facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF).The DBF can support students with travel costs, equipment, books and other course-related costs.

Future opportunities

Positive Steps - See your Positive Steps Adviser in school or contact 0800 195 8528.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rochdale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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