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Biology (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

The course encompasses all areas of both Plant and Animal Biology. The course looks at the biochemistry of various organic and inorganic molecules e.g. carbohydrates, lipids and proteins and builds upon this in Year Thirteen to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the metabolic pathways occurring in both Photosynthesis and Respiration.

Human Physiology forms an important part of the course and students gain an insight into how each of the organ systems work.

Plant and Environmental Biology are also vital topics studied and these are becoming more relevant as the issues surrounding the future of the planet make their way up the political agenda. This is also true for the other political “hot potato” namely genetics. Students will look at many of the ground-breaking discoveries made in recent times and discuss the controversial ideas of where to go next

Entry requirements

Grade BB in GCSE Core/Additional Science or a Grade B in GCSE Biology.

Future opportunities

An A-Level in Biology can open doors to many courses at university. There are courses in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Micro-Biology, Environmental Biology, Medicine, Bio-Medical Sciences, Nursing and many more. A degree in Science may also lead to professional jobs e.g. teaching, accountancy etc

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Who Might the Course Suit?

Students must have an inquisitive nature and show great enthusiasm for Biology in general. The ability to research independently will be essential as much background reading surrounding the topics will be expected. Students need to engage in practical work and adopt a methodical approach to improve their scientific skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Somervale School directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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