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Biology A-Level at WALSALL ACADEMY

Course description

The Science courses offered at Walsall Academy are designed to provide academic and vocational experiences. They will prepare students for their choice of career in both the world of work and Higher Education.

We expect all students to demonstrate a high level of motivation and have the capacity for hard work. Sixth Form work is demanding and students are expected to take increased responsibility for their own learning through supported self-study courses. Excellent attendance is vital if students are to benefit from the courses.

Course content

Each year there is a Biology field trip to Wales to study Biodiversity and opportunities to become a STEM ambassador. We have many visiting speakers including ex-students advising on apprenticeship opportunities. UKCAT preparation sessions are organised for those interested in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences. Med society provides an opportunity for students interested in medicine to learn a range of skills that will help them in their career. University led careers workshops are provided each year. Session 3 exam preparation is offered for all students. Career focussed work placements are available on a regular basis or in a two week block.

 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) or equivalent including English and Mathematics

Grade B in GCSE Science (higher tier) and Additional Science (higher tier) or Grade B in GCSE Biology

Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics

Students must satisfactorily pass their AS Biology to at least grade D to be allowed to continue to full A level in Year 13.

Assessment

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in Biology

Module 2 – Foundations in Biology

Module 3 – Exchange and transport

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

The practical qualification is either a pass or fail based upon 12 in class assessments and will be provided separate to the overall exam grade

Future opportunities

The opportunities for students of Biology on completion of full time education are vast. There are many possible careers within the scientific world and qualifications in Science subjects are acceptable as an entry in many other careers.

Past students have left the course to follow these career paths: Medicine, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Medical Science, Biomechanical Engineering, Research, Nursing, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact WALSALL ACADEMY directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2016
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