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Biology A Level at Arnold Hill Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

A Level Biology is a two year course, with exams at the end of the second year. A wide range of topics are covered including: cells, biological molecules, human systems, genetics and biochemistry to name but a few. Biology, like all sciences is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities such as: using microscopes to see cell division, dissection of animal or plant systems, investigating animal behaviours and investigating activity within cells. There is no coursework on this course, however your performance during practicals will be assessed.

What support and enrichment will I get?

In order to support students we run a range of lunchtime and after school booster and revision sessions. Members of staff are also available for more individualised tutorial help. In order to help students develop their fieldwork skills we run a four day trip to Wales covering all aspects of ecology in a variety of different habitats.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements for the Sixth Form, students should have studied GCSE Core and Additional Science or Triple Science at Key Stage 4. Students must achieve a grade B or higher in Additional Science, including a B or higher in the Biology exam, in order that they meet the demands of the Post 16 course. It is also recommended that pupils achieve at least a grade 6 in Maths due to the increased mathematical demands of the specification.

Future opportunities

According to the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A Level in Biology are: Biology, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry. Studying A Level Biology gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: Doctor, Clinical Molecular Geneticist, Nature Conservation Officer, Pharmacologist, Research Scientist, Vet, Secondary School Teacher, Marine Biologist and Dentist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years