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Biology AS/A-Level at Highams Park School

Course description

This course has been designed to engage and inspire students by showing how an understanding of many contemporary issues requires a grasp of fundamental biological ideas. Students will study a wide range of living things with an emphasis on the biochemistry of biological processes. Some of the topics covered include inheritance, evolution, cell structure, transport in animals and plants, photosynthesis, respiration, nervous system, hormones and infectious diseases. Studies include theory work, laboratory investigations, microscopy and a residential field course in marine ecology.

Entry requirements

Students should have a keen interest in Biology, an enquiring mind, together with the ability and willingness to carry out independent background research. In order to do well and to cope with the demands of the course a grade B in GCSE Biology or GCSE Science is highly recommended.

Future opportunities

A-level Biology provides a firm foundation for a whole range of careers such as: Biochemistry, Dentistry, Ecology, Forensic science, Genetics, Medicine, Microbiology, Nursing, Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Veterinary medicine and many others. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Biology, which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology such as a Doctor, Nurse, Science Technician or Marine Biologist. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highams Park School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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