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Biology A Level at Plymouth High School for Girls

Course description

Are you interested in the world around you? Are you intrigued by living organisms and wonder how life is sustained? Is David Attenborough a favourite of yours?

A Level Biology will give you a complete understanding of life on Earth, from the intricate biochemical reactions that keep us alive, through the complicated structures of cells, to how cells communicate with each other. At the organism level, we study the classiƚcation and diversity of life on Earth and the impact of humans on our environment.

Course content

The course comprises 6 units over the two years.

Module 1: Practical skills
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

Our expectations are that students applying to study this Level 3 course for two years will have achieved good GCSE grades in Maths and Science. The two routes to this would be either a Double Award Science GCSEs at two B grades or above or Biology and Chemistry GCSEs at Grade B or above. Also required are English and Maths GCSE. All students will be considered on individual merit. In some cases entry to Year 1 may be on a trial basis and progression onto the second year of A Level will be dependent on performance.

We welcome applications from enthusiastic students. Biology is a challenging yet rewarding subject at A Level and a serious commitment to study is also required. Students should not underestimate the amount of vocabulary and biological processes they will have to master.

Future opportunities

A Level Biology is a sound academic subject. It may lead on to a study of Health Sciences, Animal Sciences, Environmental Sciences or particular aspects of biology E.g. Neuroscience, Genetics or Cell Biology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

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