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Biology at Gateshead College

Course description

You’ll develop your understanding of biological systems and concepts; you will also learn a range of practical and technical skills and start to use specialist techniques and technical equipment.

Biology also develops more general skills, which are attractive to employers in all sectors, including: communication, organisational skills; but perhaps mostly your ability to confidently handle masses of diverse data and to draw conclusions from it.

To study Biology you must be prepared to ask difficult questions.

You have to reject the bland unscientific statements and sound bites that the media throw at you and be prepared to appreciate all around you from a biological standpoint. You will learn a lot of detailed facts and apply them in an intelligent manner.

If you are inquisitive about the world, you will love Biology.


Course content

The Year 12 AS Level in Biology places a great emphasis on knowledge and understanding of key biological terms:

  • breathing
  • cells
  • circulation
  • classification
  • differentiation
  • digestion
  • disease
  • diversity
  • enzymes
  • exchange
  • genetic code
  • immunitymolecules
  • pathogens
  • reproduction
  • risk factors
  • transport systems
  • variation.

The Year 13 A2 modules lead to a full A Level in Biology and the emphasis is on application and analysis of the key concepts learnt on the AS course plus concepts of:

  • co-ordination
  • ecosystems
  • energy transfer
  • gene cloning techniques
  • gene expression
  • homeostasis
  • inheritance
  • mutations
  • nutrient cycles
  • photosynthesis
  • populations
  • respiration
  • selection
  • speciation.

Entry requirements

5 x GCSEs Grade A*- C at B grade average (including English Language and mathematics)

Future opportunities

An A Level in Biology is an essential qualification for those students wishing to study degree courses in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology and Plant Biology.

It is also a useful qualification for a variety of courses and jobs e.g. Nursing, Environmental Studies, Food Research, Medical and General Laboratory Work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.