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Biology A Level at The Petchey Academy

Course description

The study of Biology requires the construction of sound foundations through the study of several fundamental concepts in the first year and the early part of the second year.

During the course you will develop an understanding of scientific methods and be aware of those scientific advances in technology that are relevant to the biological sciences. You will also gain experience in the laboratory where you will develop your skills to examine and identify tissues, proteins and other biological substances. In addition, at A2 level, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and learn to make and use connection between them. A Level Biology also involves calculations, sketching and data manipulation, analysis and interpretation which are skills that are important to many professions and careers.

Over the two years students study a variety of topics which are examined at the end of the course.

Cells, Exchange and Transport                                 15%

Molecules Biodiversity, Food and Health            25%

Communication, Homeostasis and Energy         15%

Control, Genomes and Environment                     25%


Students also have to complete a series of controlled assessments.
Practical Skills in Biology 1                                        10%
Practical Skills in Biology 2                                        10%

Entry requirements

6 A*-C at GCSE including English and Maths and a B grade in Biology (or 2 B grades for additional science).

Future opportunities

There are many opportunities open to you if you have an A level in Biology, such as:

Genetics and genetic engineering
Working in industry: health, nursing, medicine and the life sciences
Agriculture, scientific writing and journalism

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2017
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