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AS & A Level Biology at Cleeve Park School

Course description

Biology will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Studying A-level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

• Doctor

• Clinical molecular geneticist

• Nature conservation officer

• Pharmacologist

• Research scientist

• Vet

• Secondary school teacher

• Marine biologist

• Dentist

Course content

AS:

AS study topics include:

Biological molecules / Cells/ Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information / Variation and relationships between organisms

A2:

A Level study topics include:

Biological molecules / Cells/ Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information / Variation and relationships between organisms/ Energy transfers in and between organisms / Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments/ Genetics/populations/evolution and ecosystems / The control of gene expression.

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

• using microscopes to see cell division

• dissection of animal or plant systems

• aseptic technique to study microbial growth

• investigating activity within cells

• investigating animal behaviours

• investigating distributions of species in the environment

These practical’s will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in both Core and Additional Science GCSE

Assessment

Year 12 (AS) - 2 exams and

  • 1 piece of coursework


Year 13 (A2) - 2 exams and

  • 1 piece of coursework

Future opportunities

Students go on to study biology further at university or to college for other career options. Biology qualifications can lead to careers in areas such as environmental science, public health, conservation and forensic science. Biology can also be a good general basis for non-scientific careers in general management and other business ventures. 

Further information

The course develops a critical awareness of current social and environmental issues, analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills, practical skills and the ability to plan and manipulate data.  

Students are required to work independently at home as well as in class. It is an intense course with lots of reading and revision needed to enable students to gain their target grade.

It is an enjoyable course that requires determination and perseverance.
 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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