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Biology A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College

Course description

You will study the science of life. Starting with the study of cells you will learn how organisms function because of co-operation and communication between specialised cells. In order to survive, living cells need a supply of oxygen and nutrients. In single cells and small organisms these materials can enter by passive processes. However once an organism reaches a critical size it requires specialised exchange surfaces and transport systems. The structure and function of DNA will be explained to enable you to understand more fully how cells work and how they are controlled. Work on ecosystems will broaden your understanding of the living world. This includes two days of field work at local sites in the second half of the Summer Term and an optional residential course at a Field Studies Council centre at the end of the summer holiday. Applied aspects of Biology are studied as you learn about diet, food production and human health. We will cover a number of human diseases and study the role of the immune system and other body defences against pathogens. The process of evolution has created enormous biodiversity. We look at how this biodiversity is classified, measured and can be maintained.

Course content

Biology is the study of life and living processes. It is therefore relevant to all students and has a particular part to play in making young people aware of their environment, of personal health issues and of their own physiologies. It is a wide-ranging subject with a strong numerate and analytical basis. Over the coming decades there will be great advances in biological sciences for example in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, agriculture and the environment. Studying AS Biology will keep you informed about the issues and open doors for further study. The AS provides a route into many careers for example medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, nursing, veterinary science, biotechnology, psychology, agriculture, forestry, food science, environmental biology, marine biology, forensics and scientific research. Biology is a popular AS level for strong scientists who can study it alongside Physics, Chemistry or Maths, as well as predominantly Arts-based students who find it one of the most easily accessible sciences.


The course content is assessed by two written unit papers and an internally assessed practical skills unit. In the practical unit you will be assessed on your qualitative, quantitative and evaluative skills. The two written papers make up 80% of the marks and the practical skills 20%.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbourne College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years