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Biology at Derby High School

Course description

Because it is a fascinating and fun subject, it is at the forefront of current science, having applications in engineering, computing and every branch of science from Agriculture to Zoology. Encompassed within this are aspects of Forensic Science, Sports Science, Food Technology and many medical fields. . However, more pragmatic reasons would be because it is an excellent basis for a huge variety of degree level courses and that it provides access to a wide range of careers. These include obvious ones such as Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy as well as Teaching, work in industrial laboratories or for the Environment Agency. . A practical approach is encouraged throughout the course. The EMPA (practical assessment) follows a similar pattern to the ISA at GCSE. It contributes 20% of both the AS and the A2 final grade. One EMPA is completed in L6 and one in U6. It is important to note that there is usually no re-sit opportunity for the EMPA and any EMPA re-sit request would be considered on a case-bu-case basis and extra charges are usually incurred to cover the cost of additional material and the extra invigilation that would be required. The course builds on knowledge and skills acquired through study at GCSE and aims to develop these further by providing an opportunity to gain sound understanding of Biology through the study of fundamental biological principles whilst exploring modern applications of Biology. .

Entry requirements

Seven full GCSE passes (including English and Maths) at Grade B or above with at least a B in those subjects that the student wishes to study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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