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Biology A Level at The Kingsway Academy

Course description

A Level Biology could be the opening to an exciting range of biology related careers or work and study in other sciences. The origins of living things and how they work is fundamental to the world we live in and, whether your interest is in the animal world, humans or plant life, the study of A Level Biology is the core to further knowledge and discovery and is a versatile stepping stone to many fields of work and study.

Course content

Topics covered during course: AS outline At AS Level students are given a solid grounding in physiological and biochemical concepts, as well as genetic applications and ecological principles. This includes how the body defends against disease and the interpretation of data relating to risk factors for diseases. Students will also study the influence of genetic and environmental factors on the variety of living organisms. Unit 1: Biology and Disease Unit 2: The Variety of Living Organisms Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills -Internal Assessment A2 outline At A2 Level the specification develops the concepts in Biology concentrating on the ecological balance between ecosystems and human activities, and the function and control of cells, tissues and organs. This includes the study of how organisms form ecosystems, through which energy is transferred and chemical elements cycled and how human activity affects this ecological balance in a variety of ways. Students will also study how DNA controls the activities of the cell and how a lack of control can result in cancer. Unit 4: Populations and Environment Unit 5: Control in Cells and in Organisms Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills -Internal Assessment

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A-C including English and Maths. GCSE Science (Core and Additional) at grade B or above

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Future opportunities

Further/Higher Education pathways: A level Biology studies are clearly valuable for students intending to embark upon medical-based courses, progressing into careers in medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy and veterinary science. A large number of students move into science-based careers such as genetics, forensic science, biochemistry, bio­technology and laboratory work. For those students not wishing to enter such a field, the value of a biologi­cal science AS or A Level is still vast. Biology can help to develop objective logical thinking as well as a wide range of other practical skills, which means that biology mixes well with a wide variety of other AS or A level subjects and is suitable for careers as diverse as law, business and commerce and the arts. Linked Careers: You could go on to a career in: medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, radiography, nursing, physiother­apy, pharmacology, pharmacy, chiropody, psychology, forensic science, archaeology, marine biology, bio­logical science, ecology, sports studies, biochemistry, accountancy or even teacher training amongst many other careers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kingsway Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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