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Biology A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

Biology is the science of life, which is exciting and wildly diverse. It is relevant to our everyday lives and can provide solutions to the problems that we face in the future. The function of biological molecules, cells, whole organisms and environments can be examined and their beautiful complexity understood and appreciated. Biologists all over the world are pioneers in a huge number of fields which influence all of our lives and the continued survival of our planet. Since Robert Hooke developed a microscope in the 1600s, our knowledge and understanding of the living world has developed at an incredible pace. The discovery of DNA structure in 1953 has led the way for advances in molecular biology and genetics and introduced new possibilities in medicine and genetic engineering. An understanding of the science behind the headlines enables our students to discuss the ethical and social issues that accompany these new discoveries.

Many students will combine their studies in Biology with Chemistry, Physics or Psychology at A Level.

Course content

  • Section 1: Biological molecules
  • Section 2: Cells
  • Section 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Section 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Section 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Section 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Section 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Section 8: The control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have at least:

  • Grade 5 in Maths
  • Grade B (or Grade 6) in GCSE Biology or
  • Grade BB (Grade 6) in Core and Additional Science.

Assessment

Specification: AQA 7402

Three written exams which will assess content from sections 1 to 8.

Practical skills are assessed within the written papers with 15% of the total A Level marks allocated for practical knowledge and understanding.

A separate endorsement of practical skills requires students to undertake a minimum of 12 teacher-assessed practical activities during the two year course.

Future opportunities

Following a Biology course provides the skills that could be used in a varied range of professions including

  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • animal health
  • horticulture
  • agriculture
  • physiotherapy
  • teaching
  • food science technology
  • midwifery
  • dentistry
  • biochemistry
  • occupational therapy
  • optometry
  • pharmacy
  • radiography

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017

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