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A Level Biology at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

Biology is the “cutting edge” Science and it is in the news constantly: GM crops, cloning, designer babies, DNA fingerprinting, antibiotic resistance, MMR, global warming and over fishing - the list could go on.  At St Alban’s we aim to give you an insight into all those areas through Biology A level.   The course aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of Biology, to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking, to demonstrate the wider application of biological knowledge, showing appreciation for social, environmental, economic and technological contributions to skills. It integrates theory and experimental work, developing investigative and manipulative skills. Students are encouraged to develop their scientific communication skills through research, discussion and written work.

 

 

Course content

What will I learn?

There are 6 units in the full A level: three for AS in Year 12 and three for A2 in Year 13.

 

Unit 1 - Cells, exchange and transport
Unit 2 - Molecules, diversity food and health
Unit 3 - Practical Skills in Biology 1

 

Unit4 - Communication, homeostasis and energy
Unit 5 - Control, genomes and environment
Unit 6 - Practical Skills in Biology 2

 

 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

Core Science and Additional Science at grade B, or Biology GCSE at grade B.

Assessment

What will I learn?

There are 6 units in the full A level: three for AS in Year 12 and three for A2 in Year 13.

 

Unit 1 - Cells, exchange and transport
Unit 2 - Molecules, diversity food and health
Unit 3 - Practical Skills in Biology 1

 

Unit4 - Communication, homeostasis and energy
Unit 5 - Control, genomes and environment
Unit 6 - Practical Skills in Biology 2

 

 

Future opportunities

Where will it take me?

Further Study: Nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, any other medical related degree.

 

Careers: Physiotherapy, pharmacology, pharmacy, chiropody, psychology, forensic science, archaeology, marine biology, biological sciences, sports science, biochemistry, accountancy.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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