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Biology A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Biology is a rapidly developing science at the forefront of many important developments in society. It is a fascinating subject, studying topics such as advances in cloning, gene technology, drug testing and forensics. Biology looks at the study of life and living organisms. It is a branch of natural science and involves many other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, geography and psychology. Qualified biologists have an important role in social, environmental, economic and technological contexts.

Course content

The A-Level consists of 6 topics: Lifestyle, Health and Risk, Genes and Health, Voice of the Genome, Biodiversity and Natural Resources, On the Wild Side, Immunity, Infection and Forensics.

Why study Biology? Biology is a rapidly developing science at the forefront of many important developments in society. It is a fascinating subject, studying all traditional advances in cloning, gene technology, drug testing and forensics. You'll also find: Excellent, highly qualified teachers with A-Level pass rate of 100% over the past four years, Achievement of 14% grade A*, 12% grade A and 46% grade B and above. We also have excellent retention and progression rates. Our high grades are amongst the best in the country.

What else can you do on this course? Field trips include a visit to Anglesey to study seashore life; a trip to Keele University Life Science labs and the opportunity to carry out plenty of other practical work. 

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. To study this course you will need a GCSE grade B in Biology or BB in Core and Additional Science and a grade B in Maths.

Assessment

3 two hour papers at the end of the 2 year course.

Future opportunities

Biology is a desirable qualification for a wide range of degree courses. These include Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Horticulture and Ecology. It is also important for paramedical studies such as Nursing, Radiography, Pharmacy, Environmental Health and Medical laboratory work. Many students go into all of these fields or study other subjects that use their biological expertise.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.