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Biology AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and Clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or Plant science

The biology department at The City of Liverpool College is a group of vibrant, passionate (we all love Biology!) and experienced teachers. With half having worked in industry or health in previous lives.

The teaching that takes place in the department is stimulating and challenging with a good dose of fun too! Staff prepare their own workbooks and hand-outs, which are not only specific to meet the assessment objectives of the exam boards, but include materials designed to stretch you by introducing you to processes (industrial/disease) that go beyond your specification

There are benefits to studying Chemistry or maths alongside Biology. You’ll find that the subjects complement one another, with a strong foundation in chemistry and maths becoming even more important if you intend to study biology at university. In some cases, A-level Chemistry is one of the entry requirements for a degree in biomedical sciences.

If you want a career in Biology, you should read scientific magazines (if you are not already doing so!) New Scientist and Scientific American are both excellent, covering all that’s new in science careers. If you are thinking of health professions then it is very important that you engage in voluntary work in your local community. This can be undertaken via Youth Action.

Entry requirements

The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well.

You must achieve a minimum 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's at GCSE (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)

Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths.

Students applying to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Spanish, Maths at A-level must obtain a grade B in the subject at GCSE.

All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Biology opens doors to a wide range of careers. It is an A ‘level that is highly valued by universities and employers, as it arms you with mathematical, analytical and evaluative skills. Skills which are in high demand! If you do want to continue with Biology after A ‘Level, but are unsure of which area of biology to follow, then areas of growth are in DNA Technology, Bioinformatics, Plant Scientists and Marine Biologists.

Undergraduate level at most educational establishments offering courses in biological sciences, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, physiotherapy, and all other life sciences and paramedical fields.

The qualification may also provide opportunities for direct entry into a vocation related to medical laboratory technology, in pharmaceutical and biological/biotechnological industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.