Biology A Level at New College Nottingham
Biology is the study of how our bodies work and what makes the natural world tick, right down to the DNA of every living thing.
It explains the delicate balance of the planet, how life is connected and is at the forefront of study into preventing and curing disease. To study biology is to study the stuff of life. In this course you’ll look at the modern applications of biology, particularly human biology.
It will give you a solid foundation if you’d like to pursue a career in biological, medical, environment or sports sciences. You can use it as a stepping stone to higher education courses in biochemistry, biomedical science, dentistry, medicine, midwifery or nursing, as well as optometry, physiotherapy and pharmacology.
Biology is the study of life in all its forms. It combines problem solving with practical skills and enables you to develop a scientific approach to the subject. Biology complements arts, humanities and other science A Level subjects.
The first year will focus on many of the fundamentals of biology: biological molecules, transport in and out of cells, cell structure and organisation, enzymes, DNA replication, protein synthesis, mutations and patterns of inheritance, evolution, adaptation and animal and plant physiology.
The second year will build on these by applying them to other important aspects of biology: photosynthesis and respiration, speciation, forensics, microbiology, diseases and immunology, muscle structure, the effects of exercise and drugs on the body and the nervous system.
Throughout the two year course mathematical skills will be developed and laboratory skills will be assessed through a number of core practical activities.
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including at least grade B or above in GCSE Additional Science and grade B in GCSE Maths. If you have studied the 3 separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), you’ll need at least one grade B.
You’ll undertake a combination of examinations and coursework.
You could progress to a related higher education course such as biochemistry, biomedical science, dentistry, medicine, midwifery or nursing.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.