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A Level Biology at Dartford Science & Technology College

Course description

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science, psychology, sociology and many more.

A Level Biology can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.

 

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. Module 2 – Foundations in biology Includes: Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation. Module 3 – Exchange and transport Includes: Exchange surfaces Transport in animals Transport in plants. Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease Includes: Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system Biodiversity Classification and evolution. Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy Includes: Communication and homeostasis Excretion as an example of homeostatic control Neuronal communication Hormonal communication Plant and animal responses Photosynthesis Respiration. Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems Includes: Cellular control Patterns of inheritance Manipulating genomes Cloning and biotechnology Ecosystems Populations and sustainability.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades 9-5 must include Triple Science.

Assessment

Biological processes (01) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes. Written paper 37% of total A level Biological diversity (02) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper 37% of total A level Unified biology (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper 26% of total A level Practical Endorsement in biology (04) (non exam assessment)

Future opportunities

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science, psychology, sociology and many more. A Level Biology can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.

Further information

Research into the following. Development of practical skills in biology Cell structure Biological molecules Nucleotides and nucleic acids Enzymes Biological membranes Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation Exchange surfaces Transport in animals Transport in plants Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system Biodiversity Classification and evolution Communication and homeostasis Excretion as an example of homeostatic control Neuronal communication Hormonal communication Plant and animal responses Photosynthesis Respiration Cellular control Patterns of inheritance Manipulating genomes Cloning and biotechnology Ecosystems Populations and sustainability Review your GCE work on cell structure, DNA and cell division. You could also: watch science related documentaries, listen to the radio and read some of the many popular scientific journals such as the New Scientist.

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: 14 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 60142601

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