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Biology AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

If you enjoyed Biology at GCSE here is a chance to extend your studies and further your knowledge of this exciting and challenging subject. You would study the OCR syllabus and so gain continuity with the Additional Science course taken in Year 11. A level Biology gives you a general understanding with a focus on problem solving, experimentation and interpreting data. Areas covered include cell biology, physiology, biochemistry and ecology. Your study will involve a combination of practical exercises and theory and will be taught in a well-equipped laboratory by our experienced staff. Biology combines well with many subject options and requires that you have a real interest in the environment and its organisms.

Course content

Your study will look at many aspects of Biology which develops further topics learned at OCR GCSE Science and Biology. Your study will include the following Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and Transport, Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health, Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology, Unit 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy, Unit 5: Control, Genomes and Environment and Unit 6: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade of B in Biology (triple award) or Science (double award), and B in Maths.

Future opportunities

You could progress to higher level study such as a Science or Medicine, or seek employment in a scientific field. Biology provides an essential foundation for a wide variety of career areas including: veterinary science, medicine, ecology, environmental work, nursing, horticulture, food and biotechnology, biomedical science. Microbiologists, molecular biologists and environmental biologists are particularly in demand at the moment.

Further information

Your Biology AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will have the opportunity of participating in a Biology field course and attend study and revision days. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A level students progress successfully to higher education. There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Emmbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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