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Biology AS/A2 Level at The Bulmershe School

Course description

The Science of Life – Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems, and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either... the human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA.

In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all.

Course content

In the first year you will study these main topics: Cells, Biological Molecules, Transport in Plants and Animals, Biodiversity, Disease and Evolution, and practical skills are embedded throughout the course to sharpen your investigative skills. Between them, these topics give a solid grounding in Biology. Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like year one, has academic topics with practical skills embedded throughout. If all of these skills are met you will also gain a ‘Biology Practical Endorsement’ alongside your A Level. The academic topics include Communication, Homeostasis, Energy, Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems. AS Outline: Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology Module 2 – Foundations in Biology Module 3 – Exchange and Transport Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease A2 Outline (All of the above plus the following modules): Module 5 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems.

Entry requirements

A minimum of B in GCSE Biology (or B/B for Core/Additional).

Assessment

Exam for each unit.

Future opportunities

Many universities value a science subject at AS/A2, even if you are intending to specialise in the Arts or Humanities. However, Biology A level is not the ‘easy’ option. As with many other academic A Levels there is a big jump up from GCSE. For that reason it is only recommended for those achieving a minimum of B in GCSE Biology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bulmershe School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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