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Biology A Level (Block C) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

Year 12 follow the Edexcel AS Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) syllabus in which they will be examined terminally at the end of the two years. The course is divided into two papers: Paper 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health and Paper 2: Development, Plants and the Environment. In year 12, students will study the material for the first papers. In year 13, they will focus on the second paper, with terminal assessment of both units to gain the full qualification.

Course content

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either. The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms.

Entry requirements

These are the course requirements for automatic qualification. If you do not meet the requirements you should still apply and we will arrange for you to take a suitability test. Grade 6-6 in Combined Science or Grade 6 in Biology. Grade 5 in Mathematics and Grade 5 in either English Language or Literature.

Future opportunities

Biologists are concerned with many current issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all. Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Further information

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

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 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years