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Biology A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the living world by analysing the fundamental concepts of science.

This course gives learners the opportunity to study biologically important molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, water and nucleic acids.  It serves as an introduction to ecology, emphasising practical techniques and an appreciation of the need to maintain biodiversity.  Learners will also gain an understanding of a variety of organisms through microscopy to study the cell structures, investigating responses to stimuli and function, and appreciating interdependence throughout the history of the Earth. 

Practical elements are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course, further enhancing learners' understanding of biological theory and developing a practical skillset.

Course content

Course Specification (OCR-H420)

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology

Module 2 - Foundations in biology

Module 3 - Exchange and transport

Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5 - Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9 - 5, including Grade 6 in both Sciences and grade 5 in both English and mathematics.





Unit                                             Modules                Marks        Percent of total A Level

Biological Processes             1,2,3 and 5                100                 37

Biological diversity                 1,2,4 and 6                100                 37

Unified biology                        1 to 6                          70                 26

Students must be competent in the use of a variety of biological practices therefore the course includes a number of mandatory practical investigations to be completed. 

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

Students can go on to study a variety of degrees including microbiology, biochemistry or biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, medicine and nursing.  Biology paves the way for a multitude of rewarding careers in the health sector, it can help produce professionals in the field of education and develop the scientists and researchers of the next generation.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 29 October 2018
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