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Biology A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

The AS Level course is one year and can be two year if students progress on to the A Level course. 
 
 
 
How can I find out more information?
Viist the Pearson website.
Contact Name: Insa Rauf Subject Coordinator - Biology
Contact Email: irauf@jcc.ac.uk

Course content

The AS Level covers Microscopy, Cells, Biochemistry, Transport in Animals
and Plants, Biochemistry, Health, Biodiversity, Classification and Evolution. The second year completes the full A Level, with topics such as Communication, Homeostasis and Energy, Excretion, Biotechnology and Gene Technologies, Genetics, Ecosystems and Responding to the Environment.
 
You will also work towards passing the Biology practical endorsement by carrying out regular practical work in class.
 
Hours of Lessons per Week: 5 Usual Class Size: 20

Entry requirements

A dedicated, motivated and hard-working individual who has a high interest in Biology
should study the course.
 
Students need six GCSEs at grade A*-C, including a grade B in English Language and Maths and in addition one of the following: a grade B in both Core and Additional
Science or a grade B in Biology.

Assessment

By externally set and marked examinations in the summer examination series.
The practical endorsement is a non-exam assessment which is achieved by meeting a
set of twelve practical skills that are assessed by the teacher during the course.

Future opportunities

Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), particularly in Healthcare, Medicine and jobs involving plants or animals.
 
Some of these include: Nursing, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Botany, Environmental Science, Zoology, Geology, Oceanography, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Teaching, Science Writing, Genetics and Research.

Further information

Viist the Pearson website.
Contact Name: Insa Rauf Subject Coordinator - Biology
Contact Email: irauf@jcc.ac.uk

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: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: BIAS-DJS118
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      The Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre comprises a gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular, resistance and cable equipment. The Sports Hall is able to host a wide range of sports and we provide sporting activities that cater for students with all levels of abilities and sporting performance.
       
      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
      The Science Department contains eight state-of-the-art laboratories catering for all the science curricula delivered in the College.
       
      We have extensive network of, wired and wireless, computers have high speed internet connections giving you unlimited access to the World Wide Web. Creative departments such as Art, Design & Media are fully furnished with state of the art iMacs. Alongside these students will have access to MacBook’s for independent work. The iMacs and MacBook’s are equipped with professional software allowing high quality production of video, graphics and photography work. Art & Design facilities also include specialist pottery equipment and photographic dark rooms.
       
      Research 
      Success in your courses depends on many things, not least the research facilities available to you. Our high level resources, specifically designed to support the sixth form College curriculum, will give you the best chance of success.
      However, we realise that the vast amount of information available can make searching difficult so our teachers build the best internet resources into courses, giving you the most appropriate links for your particular syllabus. And of course, books. The library has thousands of copies available for loan with additional copies for reference.
       
      New building opening September 2015
      We are opening a new state of the art extension to the main College building in September 2015. This will comprise of high tech science laboratories, classrooms and communal break out spaces for students.