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Human Biology A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Human Biology?
Human Biology offers you the chance to extend and deepen your knowledge of those aspects of Biology that relate particularly to humans and health care. As such you will explore important questions about the diseases of man, his lifecycle, human origins and the impact of man on the environment. In addition, you will develop necessary scientific methods and skills, such as, designing experiments to test hypotheses, implementing experimental methods, data analysis and critical evaluation of experimental results. At AS and A2 you will also carry out classroom practical skills assessments. You will also have opportunities to enrich and extend your studies through talks, field-visits and other additional activities.

Please note that due to the level of overlap on some units of this course you cannot combine this course with AS/A2 Biology.

What will I study?
Y12 topics include: the body and its diseases; how the body fights disease; lifestyle and disease; biochemical basis for life; cystic fibrosis; enzymes; how microorganisms use humans; cell division; human origins and adaptations.

Year 13 topics covered include: IVF; hypothermia; diabetes; drug treatments; genes and genetic transmission; muscle, hormones and nerves; human impact on evolution, communities and ecosystems.

What can I study it with?
It combines particularly well with Chemistry, Sport, Psychology and Health & Social Care.

Career opportunities
Human Biology is an excellent choice for people who want a career in health and health-related professions. University medical schools and Oxbridge value Biology and Human Biology equally. It is also welcomed by all universities for a range of biology-based courses, including veterinary medicine/ science, nursing, midwifery, audiology, podiatry, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics, paramedic science, forensic science, genetics, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacy, pharmacology and sport science.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in Mathematics, Grade B in Biology or Grade B in Science and Additional Science. It is also desirable for you to have at least Grade B in Chemistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September