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AS/A2 Biology at Durham High School For Girls

Course description

The new Advanced Level Biology syllabus consists of a variety of inter-related modules covering all fundamental biological concepts while also keeping up-to-date with advances in the modern scientific world. At AS pupils will study Unit 1 : Biology and Disease and Unit 2 : The Variety of Living Things. Unit 3 examines Practical and Investigative skills and this replaces the traditional coursework. At A2 pupils study Unit 4 : Populations and Environment and Unit 5 : Control in Cells and Organisms. Unit 6 also involves Practical and Investigative skills assessments.

Entry requirements

A sound knowledge of GCSE Biology is essential. Most students taking A Level Biology at DHS will have studied Biology on the separate science course at GCSE. This is the ideal start to the course as it provides students with a good depth of knowledge of all areas covered at A Level, although it is entirely possible to move on to A Level after studying Dual Award Science. With regard to practical assessment, the new A level follows on from the new GCSE and current Year 11 pupils will be familiar with the PSA and ISA style of assessment. A good understanding of GCSE Science, particularly Chemistry is an advantage when continuing to study Biology and an interest in scientific current affairs will also help, as examination questions are often based on topical subjects.

Financial information

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Future opportunities

There are now many different types of degree courses in Biological Sciences and vocational courses at many levels leading to a variety of careers. These increase in variety and scope every year and include: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Nursing, Psychology, Osteopathy, Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Genetics, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Teaching, Ecology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Landscape Architecture and many more. Studying Biology at A Level opens up an exciting range of career choices, particularly in the health and food industries, such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary work, psychology, sports sciences and food sciences. Skills learnt in Science can be useful in almost any job that requires using equipment, planning, solving problems, teamwork and report-writing, such as the Armed Forces, manufacturing industries, care work, work with plants and animals and laboratory work. You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Biology, which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology such as a Doctor, Nurse, Science Technician or Marine Biologist. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

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