Biology A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College
Biology is the study of all living things. You will look at how individual molecules interact with each other, how they form tissues, organs and organisms and how these organisms interact with their environment on a global scale. Studying biology will develop your understanding of the living world and enable you to explore the applications and implications of this living science.
Students will require GCSE Maths at grade B or above to apply for this subject. If you have studied three separate GCSE sciences you will need a B grade in Biology. If you are studying GCSE Dual Award science you will need grade BB.
Learning and assessment
A Level Biology allows you to study the function of animals, plants and entire ecosystems. The course is built around understanding of the key macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, DNA, enzymes), their functions and how they behave.
Practical skills are embedded throughout the course. There are 12 key practical activities which you must complete each year. These include food tests, enzyme experiments, dissections, biochemical assays and fieldwork to name.
Biology can be studied to aid progression to a scientific, medical, health, environmental or social science career. Popular progression routes from A Level Biology include degrees in biology, biomedical sciences, marine biology, zoology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, geography teaching, psychology, medicine, physiotherapy, speech or occupational therapy, veterinary and dentistry.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.