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Biology A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Biology?
Apart from its value as a way of gaining entry to certain careers and courses, we believe that Biology is a fascinating subject in its own right and one that we hope students enjoy studying.

Biology has a higher profile today than perhaps at any other time and this is reflected in the number of people studying a biology-based course at college and university. Many of the important and often contentious issues which society must address as it moves into the new millennium relate to the biological sciences, particularly the role that humankind plays with respect (or lack of it!) to the rest of life. Ethical debates centre around animal experimentation, cloning, genetically modified crops, embryo and fertility research, and the human genome project and the use of its findings. High on the political agenda are health, pollution, environmental protection and food safety. AIDS, heart disease, cancer, drug use and misuse and malnutrition all continue to present us with challenges. Students also have opportunities to enrich and extend their studies through a programme of talks, field-visits and other additional activities.

What will I study?

  • Biology and disease
  • The variety of living organisms
  • Practical skills assessments
  • Populations and environment
  • Control in cells and organisms

What can I study it with?
Biology combines well with any other subject and is particularly useful alongside Chemistry, Mathematics, Sport, Psychology and Health & Social Care.

Career opportunities
Studying Biology will prepare you for biology-based degrees and careers in such areas as medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, forensic science, food science, biotechnology, dentistry, nursing, biochemistry, microbiology, environmental science, food science, forensic science and pharmacy.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in Mathematics, Grade B in Biology or Grade B in Science and Additional Science and preferably Grade B in Chemistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September