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Biology A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

Year One : Split into four teaching modules.

Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
- Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation assessed through written examinations.

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

Year Two : Split into six teaching modules.
Module 5: Communications, 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
- Patterns of inheritance
- Manipulating genomes
- Cloning and biotechnology
- Ecosystems
- Populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: BB in Core and Additional Science or B in Biology and one other Science as well as a 4 in Mathematics.

Assessment

All units will be externally examined in June Year 2: Practical endorsement in Biology, this will be reported separately.

Future opportunities

If Biology is taken to A Level it can lead to careers in environmental sciences, medical, paramedical and veterinary sciences, biotechnology industries and a wide range of other careers where biologists’ numeracy, literacy and problem solving skills are highly valued.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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