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A' level Biology at Bishop Young Church of England Academy

Course description

The Biology course consists of eight units, or four if you decide to just complete an AS level. Many of the units build on topics that you will have already studied at GCSE level; for example unit two includes further development of the cell model. Other units will cover material that is new to you, such as in unit eight where you will look at how genes are controlled.

Course content

You will study biochemistry in some detail, looking at the chemistry of the main food groups, as well as details of the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. You will look at the physiology of the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems and will learn about genetics and evolution. Homeostatic mechanisms will be explored in more detail than at GCSE and ecological relationships will be thoroughly examined. Practical work forms an important part of the Biology A Level, with a practical endorsement available for those who provide sufficient evidence of their skills in this area. Assessment of the A level is through three exams, which include a mixture of short and long answer questions, data analysis, comprehension and an essay.

Entry requirements

To access this course you will need to have studied an Additional Science GCSE or Biology GCSE and will need a total of two 5 grades in Science GCSEs. Good literacy and mathematical skills are also essential, so we ask for at least a 5 grade in English Language and Mathematics.

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: 13 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September

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