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Biology at Peter Symonds College

Course description

Biology is the study of life and living processes. The course provides the essential background knowledge required to understand the key processes of life. Whereas Human Biology takes theory and applies it to the human situation, Biology develops appreciation of the unifying concepts of life by looking at adaptations in a wide range of living organisms. Many issues of relevance to society today are also dealt with during the course, such as DNA fingerprinting, diminishing biodiversity and medical applications of biotechnology.

Although many students studying Biology also take Chemistry, some have Biology as their only science subject. There is a lot of practical work involved; you will carry out experiments and examine cells and tissues using a microscope. You will often be involved in group work; producing posters, hand outs and PowerPoint presentations for the rest of the class

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grade GCSEs, including English, plus two B grades in one of the following combinations:
Additional Science GCSE and Maths GCSE or
Biology or Chemistry or Physics GCSE and Maths GCSE or
Additional Science (Applied) GCSE and Maths GCSE or
Applied Science GCSE (Double Award) and Maths GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Peter Symonds College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years