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Biology A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Blackheath High School

Course description

The major scientific issues for the new century are mostly biological in origin, and an understanding of the principals involved are essential if you are to be able to make informed choices and decisions about topics such as enhanced reproductive physiology, sustainability, nutrition, health and genetic engineering.

Course content

The course is divided into an AS level component and an A level (A2) component.  We will be following the OCR specification.  The specification is divided into biological topics, each containing different key concepts in Biology.  Once the key features of a biological topic have been developed, applications are considered.  For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of biology are largely assessed synoptically at A2.  While the teaching of practical skills will be integrated with the theory topics, they are assessed separately.

The teaching units at AS level are:

  • Cells, Exchange and Transport Molecules
  • Biodiversity, Food and Health
  • Practical Skills 1 - Mandatory Internal Assessment

The teaching units at A2 are:

  • Communications, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Control, Genomes and Environment
  • Practical Skills 2 - Mandatory Internal Assessment

The course will include a residential field trip, to the Field Studies Centre Juniper Hall, Kent.  

Entry requirements

Interest, application and enthusiasm.  A lively and enquiring mind.

The ability to retain a lot of factual information.

The ability to apply knowledge and to solve problems (essential)

A critical approach to evidence.  Good language skills.

Numeric skills, including drawing and interpreting graphical data and re-arranging equations.  Good manipulative and observational skills. Determination and stamina.  An A* or A grade in GCSE Biology and a supporting grade in GCSE Chemistry, or BB grade in Double Award Science.  An A or B grade in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

What can I do with my A level in Biology?

You can do a geat deal, including medicine and other related fields: dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, biochemistry, genetics, biomedical science, biotechnology, ecology and conservation, physiotherapy, forensics, psychology and a large number of courses that are not subject-specific.

Or you could simply do the course because you enjoy Biology!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackheath High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September