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Biology A level at Boroughbridge High School

Course description

Biology is the study of life and an introduction to its amazing complexities.

In year 12, at AS level we explore our health and the risks from genetic and lifestyle factors, expanding on the work done in GCSE.  There are numerous opportunities for practical activities through the course, with key ideas addressed through problem solving and analysing evidence.

In the full A level course the same ideas are covered and then expanded on with exciting opportunities to find out about how our bodies function, from the immune system to our brains.  The skills developed in Biology A level will be of use whatever you decide to do later on, whether you want to study medicine become a forensic biologist or go in to something completely unrelated.  Students are expected to work through problems and find out ideas themselves, developing problem solving skills essential for any University course.  They are expected to make links between existing and new ideas, deepening knowledge as they move through the topics and collaborate with others to develop their thinking.

IT is a challenging course; you will need to apply your mathematical skills and develp an understanding of statistics and also use your literacy skills to carry out research and write extended reports.

With a variety of dissections amongst the practical activities, it is not for the squeamish amongst you, but if you are looking for an interesting subject, relevant to the real world then Biology A level is for you.

Future opportunities

Biology is one of the facilitating subjects, opening doors to top universities, including those in the Russell Group.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boroughbridge High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September