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Biology A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School

Course description

Biology is a challenging subject and this A Level course reflects the recent advance and growing importance of the biological sciences in the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering. The chief goal is to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject and an appreciation of how Biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills. This involves skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. Module 2: Foundations in Biology. This involves learning about cell structure, Biological molecules, enzymes, DNA, Membranes, cell division and diversity Module 3: Exchange & Transport. This involves learning about exchange surfaces such as the lungs and gills, animal and plant transport systems Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease. This involves learning about the immune system, communicable diseases, classification, natural selection and biodiversity.

(which includes Module 1 – 4 from the AS programme of study)
Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy. This involves learning about excretion, the nervous system, hormones, photosynthesis and respiration
Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. This involves learning about genetics and patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology and population and sustainability.

Entry requirements

Please see the Sixth Form Admissions Policy for the entry requirements to this course.

Future opportunities

It is pleasing to note that most A Level Biology students continue with a career in this subject e.g. Biomedical Science, Biological Science, Botany, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Zoology. Career opportunities for biologists are on the increase. They include: Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Conservation, Medicine, Pathology, Physiotherapy, Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, Genetic Engineering, Food and Drug Industries, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years