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OCR GCE Biology at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Biology is a popular subject of general interest to students; through its study we aim to provide students with an insight into the workings of their own bodies (human anatomy, physiology and biochemsitry) and of the living world (classification, evolution, ecology and conservation)

Course content

Students will cover most of the ecology that is a part of the AS and A2 biology course through a series of field and lab sessions. They will also complete 2 of the three practical exam papers at the field centre (unit F213). 
 
We like to run visits throughout the 2 years that are designed to give our students exposure to biology in different environments and contexts, such as studying classification and speciation at London’s Natural History Museum at AS, as well as conservation studies at Chester Zoo as part of the A2 course.  
 
There are also various lectures our students attend such as full day seminars at Universities (e.g. Christmas Medical Lectures) or in the evenings, run by Aston and Birmingham Universities. 
 
A required part of the course is a 4-day residential to Yorkshire at Easter in year 12

Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grades at GCSE

Have a minimum of grade B in GCSE Biology 
Be prepared to pay for, and go on the residential trip in March/April
Have excellent punctuality and attendance 
Complete all homework and directed group tasks on time  
Take an active part in practical work, including dissections
Attend after-school sessions as required  
 
 

Future opportunities

Generic skills such as organisation, teamwork, independent research, analytical and reasoning skills will be developed. Specific careers include conservation, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, scientific journalism, biomedical research, environmental health, forensic biology, environmental science etc. Our students have gone on to study medicine and biology at Oxford, biomedical and biochemistry degrees, sports sciences, physiology and/or entered a range of medical professions such as nursing and midwifery after studying with us. Others go on to study English, media or accountancy. An A Level in Biology shows they have aptitude in a difficult academic subject. 

Biology is a broad subject, hence it is versatile. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2014
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