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Biology A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study Biology?

Biology is the 'study of life.' It allows us to understand the workings of our own bodies and the world around us. Today, biological science is still at the forefront of ground-breaking and rapid developments that will shape the future of human kind. Do you want to be part of these? If so, Biology is the course for you.

Course content

What will I study?

The Biology A-Level is made up 6 components: 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
Planning
Implementing
Analysis
Evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations in biology
Cell structure
Biological molecules
Nucleotides and nucleic acids
Enzymes
Biological membranes
Cell division, cell diversity  and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport
Exchange surfaces
Transport in animals
Transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
Biodiversity
Classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
Communication and homeostasis
Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
Neuronal communication
Hormonal communication
Plant and animal responses
Photosynthesis
Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Cellular control
Pattern of inheritance
Manipulating genomes
Cloning and biotechnology
Ecosystems
Populations and sustainability.


Biology Extras

The Biology course involves a range of hands-on practical lab and fieldwork studies. Due to our close proximity to the University of Cambridge  and the local science parks and institutes, students will be able to attend lectures and seminars and attend the Babraham Institute Sixth Form Conference . Alongside this, we have an ecology fieldtrip where students develop their practical skills as well as deepen their understanding of investigation.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 5s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

6 in GCSE Biology if doing single sciences

Or 6,7 in GCSE Double Science

6 in GCSE Maths

* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with Biology after sixth form?

Many students follow this course with a biologically-related degree that would lead to occupation in a number of areas including: medicine, dentistry, health care, veterinary medicine,  forensic science,  physiotherapy, environmental work, food science, biological research, sports science and pharmacy.  Other students find the broad base of skills and knowledge gained from the course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including business, marketing, journalism, and psychology.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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