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Biology A Level at New College Telford

Course description

This course suits those with an interest in the study of living organisms, who enjoy carrying out investigations in the laboratory or as fieldwork. You will explore issues affecting the world today, for example, developments in genetic engineering. Biology is a popular choice amongst students aiming for science-based careers such as medicine, physiotherapy, or pharmacy. Other students aim to specialise in biology at university or take the subject as a valuable complement to their other studies. Biologists are very employable as they develop many skills in practical work, numeracy, problem solving, and written communication.

Course content

Over the two years you will study a wide range of topics including some fundamental ideas of biology which include topics such as cell structure, biological molecules, nucleic acids, enzymes, membranes, cell division and diversity and cellular organisation. Learning will include Exchange and transport in animals and plants, biodiversity, evolution and disease processes, homeostasis, excretion, neuronal and hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, as well as photosynthesis and respiration, genetics and DNA, evolution, ecosystems, as well as cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology. The course contains practical laboratory skills throughout and you will regularly underpin the theory with practical experiments and demonstrations. All topics covered in the 2 years will be assessed at the end of the second year by examination.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A* to C, with two GCSEs in Science, both at grade B, Maths grade B and English Language grade C. The following are not accepted to study AS Level Biology: Level 2 Vocational Science Qualifications.

Future opportunities

The entry requirements for science-related courses at university usually include at least two A levels in sciences or one science and maths. We therefore advise all A level Biology students to also take another science or traditional maths at A level. You could continue your studies on a wide range of degree courses in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science, Physiotherapy, Forensic Science, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Psychology and Pharmacy or seek employment in related areas.

Further information

This course combines well with all science and maths subjects including Geography, Health and social care and Psychology. It can also be used as a broadening subject alongside non-science subjects e.g. History and Business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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    • Contact name:
    • Chris Wain
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01952 641892
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