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Biology AS & A Level at Farnborough College of Technology

Course description

Have you ever wondered what we are made of, how we fight disease or what role plants play in our lives? Then the study of Biology is for you. 

Biology is always in the news whether it is finding a potential cure for a disease or how plants can be genetically modified to enhance food production. The OCR course presents Biology as exciting, relevant and challenging.  It emphasizes how science works and the contribution of science to modern society.

The Human Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to work in a team to achieve this

Course content

AS Subject Content:
The “stand-alone” AS qualification has four modules comprised of ‘Foundations in biology’, Exchange and transport’, ‘Biodiversity, evolution and disease’, and ‘Development of practical skills in biology’. The practical module is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed through the written papers.

A Level Subject Content:
There are five externally assessed modules studied over two years: ‘Foundations in biology’, ‘Exchange and transport’, ‘Biodiversity, evolution and disease’, ‘Communication, homeostasis and energy’ and ‘Genetics, evolution and ecosystems’. These cover different key concepts of biology and explore how they are relevant in the world, today. The ‘Development of practical skills in biology’ module is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed through the written papers and evidenced in a written portfolio, which is centre assessed.

Entry requirements

GCSEs grade A*-C including English Language, a B in Science and a B in Maths.  References will be required.

Financial information

Students will be required to purchase a textbook for both AS and A2.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, where the Government has identified a significant skills shortage, as well as people who want to follow a broad general education.

Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects including Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Farnborough College of Technology directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

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