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Biology A Level at Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College

Course description

In the first year, students will study four modules: biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment; genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Within each of these modules, there are six required practical classes plus additional practical sessions to enhance your understanding of the topics covered.

A further four modules will be studied in the second year: energy transfers in and between organisms; organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment; genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 6 or above in Maths, 5 or above in English and a 6 in Biology or additional Science.

Assessment

The A Level will be assessed at the end of the two-year course. Students will sit three written exam papers which last two hours. Students also receive a practical endorsement (graded simply as pass or fail), which appears on the exam board certificate. This is assessed by your teachers, during the compulsory practical classes.

Future opportunities

Biology is a fast-moving and dynamic science. In addition to traditional classroom-based activities, Biology involves supported independent learning and practical hands-on experience. As one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, Biology attracts students studying a diverse range of other courses. Many of our students choose a related degree course such as medicine, neuroscience or physiotherapy. An A Level in Biology evidence sound numeracy and literacy, so previous students have also been accepted onto courses as diverse as criminology, accountancy and civil engineering. Whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course, which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

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: 19 September 2017
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    • A Warm and Welcoming Environment                              

      At Ossett we realise how important your learning environment is and how the facilities that we provide can help successfully support you in your studies.  Through Student Voice we have worked together to create a warm and welcoming Sixth Form Centre, which houses purpose-built classrooms and an Independent Learning Centre, where students also benefit from state-of-the-art ICT facilities, free Wi-Fi access.  We have also recently added a second Sixth Form study facility which provides additional space and ICT access for independent study.  The Lounge café and Post 16 Common Room provides a great place to eat, and comes complete with 2 large TV screens, network points and student lockers.  It’s the ideal place to meet with friends and take a break from your studies.

      The Independent Learning Centre and Post 16 iBase

      Housed within the Sixth Form Centre you will find the Independent Learning Centre, or ILC, which is heavily used throughout the day by all our Sixth Form students. Here you will find a range of paper-based and electronic resources which have been specifically selected by subject staff to help support you in your independent study. If you need help with subject specific references, producing a presentation or simply in need of a photocopy then our full-time Post-16 Learning Mentor is on hand throughout the day to ensure that you are fully supported in your access to important information. Whether you need time for quiet private study or maybe some group work, the ILC provides private study booths and communal areas to allow students to work in different ways. The ILC also provides fantastic ICT facilities, with a full ICT suite, free Wi-Fi access and netbook loan. All students have access to a dedicated careers' advisor who is available to help students make decisions about their future progression.  The facilities on offer in the ILC have recently been extended to iBase which is used exclusively by Post 16 students and offers study support for all students throughout the college day.

      In need of breakfast before your first lesson, a filling tasty lunch or maybe just a coffee at break time then you’ll find what you are looking for at The Lounge - our student centred café housed within the Sixth Form Centre. From subs to soup, pasta to pizzas we cater for all tastes, providing the foods that you like to eat at an affordable price.