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Biology (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

This is a really exciting time to be studying Biology because so much new work is being done which affects all our lives. Genetic engineering, the human genome project, genetic testing and screening, biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, cloning, conservation and sustainable resources are some examples of important areas which everyone should know about in order to understand new developments and make informed decisions.We strongly advise that you take A Level Chemistry alongside your studies in A Level Biology. For those students considering Biology as their only science subject choice, we recommend the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Biology rather than A Level Biology

Course content

Biology is an essential subject if you are interested in a career with a medical or bio-medical bias e.g. medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, forensic science or biochemistry. It is also an important and useful subject for anyone interested in careers in conservation, biotechnology, sports science and pyschology. In addition there are a large number of biolofy related university degree courses e.g. Marine Biology, Microbiology, Zoology.

Entry requirements

College entry to include Double Award GCSE Science Higher Tier

6,6* (or above) or GCSE Biology 6 (or above) plus a minimum of either GCSE Chemistry 6 or GCSE Physics 6. You must also have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or above (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 24 for further details).

*This must be in both Core and Additional Science. Those students who have taken Core and Applied Science or BTEC Level 2 Science are not qualified for this course and should consider the BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course as an alternative.

Assessment

100% Examination. Practical skills are embedded within the course and are assessed as part of this practical endorsement of the A Level as well as in the written examinations.

Future opportunities

Biology is an essential subject if you are interested in a career with a medical or bio-medical bias e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Forensic Science, or Biochemistry. Many medical schools now have A Level Biology as an entry requirement. It is also an important and useful subject for anyone interested in careers in Conservation, Biotechnology, Sports Science and Psychology. In addition there are a large number of Biology related university degree courses e.g. Marine Biology, Microbiology.

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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: BI-AL
  • Web url: www.sjr.ac.uk

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