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Biology A-Level at Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why study Biology?

Biology is the study of life. It allows us to understand the workings of our own bodies and the world around us. Today, biological science is still at the forefront of ground-breaking and rapid developments that will shape the future of humankind. The course will be delivered through discussion, individual and group practical activities, students’ presentations and independent research.

What does the course involve?

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology includes: Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations in biology includes: Cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes, biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport includes: Exchange surfaces, transport in animals, transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease includes: Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communications, homeostasis and energy includes: Communication and homeostasis, excretion as an example of homeostatic control, neuronal communication, hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis, respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems includes: Cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability

Progression and Career Opportunities:
The course will give you the grounding you need to access courses such as biology, medical sciences, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of biology would be useful.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years