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Biology A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Biology?

In Biology you will develop practical skills by planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. You will also learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Biology is a science at the forefront of some of the most exciting and controversial issues in the news today. Current publicity surrounding genetic engineering, environmental and medical developments have highlighted the need for an understanding of such issues. Biology seeks to explore these areas of study to provide an appreciation of the living world.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology: skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations in biology: cell structure and membranes; biological molecules; DNA; cell division, diversity and organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport: exchange surfaces; transport in animals; transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity: evolution and disease; communicable diseases and prevention; immune system; biodiversity; classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy: communication and homeostasis; excretion; neuronal communication; hormonal communication; plant and animal responses; photosynthesis; respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems: cellular control; patterns of inheritance; manipulating genomes; cloning and biotechnology; ecosystems; populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

For Triple Science students, 7 in Biology and 6 in Maths.

For Combined Science students, grade 7-7 in Science and 6 in Maths.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board OCR. There are 3 papers plus a practical endorsement

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

Undergraduate degree courses: Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Forensic Science, Physiotherapy, Veterinary medicine, Biochemistry, Paramedical work, Nutrition, Ecology, Biology, Marine Biology, Sport Science, Food Science, Environmental Monitoring and the expanding field of Microbiology and Biotechnology.

There are also numerous career paths that will utilise the knowledge and skills gained at A Level Biology.

Further information

Head of Department: Mr S Moore ( or 01480 375700 ext 5773)

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: 02 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Bi