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Biology A Level Block D at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This course is designed to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for biology, including practical skills, an understanding of concepts and principles, and the knowledge and skills for the study of biology in Higher Education. At AS level students study these topics: basic cell structure, biological molecules and cell division, diversity and organisation, how organisms exchange substances with their environments, biodiversity and variation and the relationships between organisms. At the end of the first year there are two written papers on these topics allowing you to attain an AS in Biology. To gain the full A-Level course students continue into a second year and cover these topics: how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, the control of gene expression, patterns of inheritance and how the genome can be manipulated, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems. At the end of the course students will sit three written examinations covering topics from both years of the course. Students will also have a practical endorsement which will be reported separately.

Entry requirements

5-5 in Science or a 5 in Biology plus 4 Maths and 5 English.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other complimentary courses, such as Chemistry or more general subjects, to prepare for Higher Education. With further training, you could become a Doctor, Nurse, Science Technician or Marine Biologist.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years