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Biology A-Level at Cornwall College

Course description

Those who have an interest in the living world and the place of human beings in it. Biology is always in the news: genetic engineering, stem cells, endangered species, DNA fingerprinting, food safety, pollution, new diseases and new ways to treat them. Biological developments affect our lives in many ways. The course will give you a better understanding of biological issues in later life or prepare you for the study of biology at a higher level.

Course content

You will find out about modern biology at all its levels: from biological molecules to cells and organisms, and from populations to ecosystems. The content builds on knowledge and understanding gained on GCSE science courses.  You will develop the skills of applying your knowledge and problem-solving as well as practical skills.  Biology is a practical subject, so there will be a lot of practical work: using microscopes, experimental work and some fieldwork. This builds on the `How Science Works? element of GCSE courses.

You will learn in a variety of ways.  As well as short talks, there will be demonstrations, small group work, discussions, problem-solving exercises together with the use of ICT.  There will be no dissection of whole animals on the course, but you may be given the opportunity to dissect an organ.


AS Units:

  • Cells, Exchange and Transport
  • Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
  • Practical Skills in Biology

 A2 Units:

  • Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Control, Genomes and Environment
  • Biotechnology and Gene Technologies
  • Ecosystems and Sustainability
  • Responding to the Environment
  • Practical Skills in Biology 2

Entry requirements

Biology AS-level will allow you to go on to the A2 Biology course.   A full A-level in Biology will prepare you for higher education especially study on one of many Biological Sciences degrees, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedicine, Biological Science, Microbiology, Environmental Science, to name just a few.  It will also gain points for entry to higher education. You could also use AS or A-level Biology as a qualification to get a job.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you to continue your studies at university, particular Biology related degrees in Biosciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nursing, Veterinary, Medicine, Pharmacy, Paramedicine, Environmental Science, Animal Science and NHS careers such as Midwifery, Radiography. While studying the course, you will develop your enquiry skills, and your ability to evaluate data and draw valid conclusions.   There are a number of career pathways that you could choose:

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Vet
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Radiographer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Science Journalism
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Dietician
  • Research Scientist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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