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Biology AS/A Level at Prendergast - Hilly Fields College

Course description

Biology A-level goes into much more detail than you will have covered at GCSE. It will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is?

It is highly recommended that Biology is studied alongside A Level Mathematics.

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

•Using microscopes to see cell division

•Dissection of animal or plant systems

•Aseptic technique to study microbial growth

•Investigating activity within cells

•Investigating animal behaviours

•Investigating distributions of species in the environment.

These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree

Course content

First year of A-level

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environmen

t 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Second year of A-level 5

Energy transfers in and between organisms

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystem

s 8 The control of gene expression

 

Second year of A-level

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystem

s 8 The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Double award GCSE science: BB equivalent Triple Scientists – minimum of B equivalent grade in the science you want to continue with. English Language – B equivalent Maths – B equivalent It is highly recommended that Biology is studied alongside A Level Mathematics

Assessment

A-level Biology lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year.  There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.

Future opportunities

Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.for.

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prendergast - Hilly Fields College directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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