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Biology at Reepham High School and College

Course description

Biology is the study of life from the smallest of bacteria to the gigantic blue whale.Life is organised - it “works”, grows, reproduces, responds to stimuli and adapts,”and it is these characteristics which form the basis of the study of biology.Biology comprises a range of inter-linked disciplines which take life from themolecular level, through cells, tissues and organisms right through to ecosystems.

Biology is very relevant to our everyday lives, and you will studythe advances in DNA technology with reference to gene therapy, geneticallyengineered foods and the development of new vaccines. Other aspects willsee you study the protection of endangered species and the effects of globalwarming and how humans have altered our ecosystems. 20% of the courseis coursework which involves practical assessments marked internally thenmoderated externally.Biology is forever changing. 100 years ago people died from TB, cholera and tetanus.

Nowadays in the Western world it is more likely to be cancer or heart disease. It is essential that research continues into these diseases,along with HIV, so that cures can be found. The Human Genome Projectmay unlock the secrets encoded in our DNA so that genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis can be treated. Research may also help protect endangeredspecies, conserve ‘at risk’ habitats, and combat threats such as bioterrorismand emerging infectious diseases.

There are a diverse range of careers associated with Biology – it is used widelyin medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and ecology. It is an exciting, diverseand flexible subject which complements many others.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Mathematics and have to meet the minimum entry requirements for each subject. Grade ‘B’ in Biology or BB in Double Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years