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Biology - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A Level Biology - Linear course

Course content

3.1 Biological Molecules

3.2 Cells

3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

3.4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

3.7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

3.8 The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

BB grades in both core and additional science.

B grade in biology with BB in physics/chemistry.

B grade minimum on higher paper in GCSE mathematics and B grade minimum in GCSE English.

Assessment

Examination (including practical skills) = (100%)

Future opportunities

Biology A level is an essential qualification for many degree courses, especially those in the medical sciences. Students go onto to study a variety of different degree courses including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, biomedical sciences and biology.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

The ability to analyse and interpret data is an essential skill required for A Level Biology. Students will also be required to apply their understanding to novel situations. By the end of the A level students will have acquired a deeper understanding of key biological processes, enabling them to apply their knowledge to understand key scientific theories and research that has been conducted in the past as well as in the present day.

What other subjects compliment A Level Biology?

Biology is a ‘facilitating’ A level subject which works well in combination with a wide range of subjects. Choosing facilitating subjects leaves open a wide range of courses for study at university. Biology students often study other science subjects which require a similar skills base such as chemistry, physics and mathematics. Biology complements chemistry really well and studying both subjects will reinforce understanding in both areas.

How will I be taught?

Whilst studying biology a variety of teaching strategies will be used, these include practical work, the use of animations and videos to demonstrate key ideas and the use of key websites. Knowledge and understanding of concepts is continually assessed using quick fire questions, quizzes, games as well as mini assessments. Students will be presented with novel situations and current research data which they will have to analyse and interpret. Students can expect plenty of discussion and debate around current research and scientific method. They will have the opportunity to develop presentation skills as they will have to explore an area of biology that excites them and present this to their peers. Students will be fully supported by staff both during lessons and outside of lessons during tutorial sessions.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Master classes. University visits.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Biology?

I chose to study biology at A-level because I have always found it interesting as it’s quite simply the science of life. I’ve found the biology specification is not only based around the stereotypical plants and animals but, also incorporates aspects of disease, DNA, biodiversity and practical skills. In fact there are 12 compulsory practicals in biology which ensures you aren’t constantly reading and memorising facts but are able to explore the more hands-on side of biology. A level biology ties in well with the other sciences, which I’m studying, however it also links in well with a variety of other subjects such as health and social care and PE; the skills taught in biology can lead to a range of opportunities post-18- not just a biology degree! Ayesha Maqsood

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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