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Biology A Level at Central Foundation Boys School

Course description

iology is the science that studies all aspects of life. It draws in ideas from Chemistry and Physics to do this. Biology is relevant to almost all aspects of the world around us today, many of which are currently in the media. For example, modern medicine, drugs and pharmaceuticals rely on a knowledge of how the human body works and what happens when it fails.

Similarly environmental science asks how we can best live on the planet without destroying natural habitats and biodiversity. The study of the spread of disease (epidemiology) requires and understanding of what causes the disease and its risks factors before any vaccination or treatment program can occur.

Biology raises many ethical issues that are fundamental to an understanding of how science works, and this is discussed during the course. For example, intensive farming of animals and plants throws up ethical questions about biodiversity, the use of embryonic cells to treat diseases generates questions about whether it is right to use cells from embryos.

Entry requirements

To be considered for this course as part of a full A level programme you will need an average GCSE point score of 6 (B) including a minimum of grade 6 (B) in Biology, Maths and English.

Assessment

100% examination (20% Mathematical skills, 15% practical skills)

Future opportunities

Biology will provide you with the basis for a wide range of scientific and technical careers. Biology A-level is essential for entry to university courses for dentistry, physiotherapy or biotechnology. If you are an aspiring geographer or psychologist you should also consider studying biology – you will acquire investigative and practical skills that are directly applicable to these subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Foundation Boys School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
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