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Biology A Level at The John Fisher School

Course description

Biology at AS and A Level will enable you to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. It is a subject that can provide you with great enjoyment of, and respect for, all living things. This course develops many of the topics you have already studied (at GCSE) and introduces you to some of the exciting areas of Biology in the contemporary world.

Course content

During the course you will study: The structure of cells and how they work, how organisms exchange substances with their external environment, and the internal transport of materials. You will also cover the structure and function of biological molecules including enzymes. Further topics covered include; biodiversity, classification, variation, adaptation and evolution. In Year 13 you will learn about the internal communication processes of living organisms, including nerves and hormones. Also covered are the maintenance of constant internal conditions (homeostasis), photosynthesis and respiration. You will also cover cellular control, biotechnology, ecosystems, sustainability and the environment. In Biology the development of practical laboratory skills is essential, and therefore, the course is supported extensively, via practical work.

Entry requirements

Grade B at GCSE Biology and a Grade B at GCSE Chemistry. Alternatively Grade B at both GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, with Biology modules at Grade A.

Future opportunities

An A-level qualification in Biology can lead to careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Dietetics, Physiotherapy and other health-related areas as well as to a wide range of university courses including Ecology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences and even Law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years