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Biology AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

Studying this course enables students to explain complex biological functions at a biochemical level that occur in the human body and other living organisms. This course answers questions about the risk of different diseases and students can evaluate the effect of lifestyle on the level of risk. Students explain why we get lung and heart disease, how symptoms of each disease develop. Each student is encouraged to develop their own view on the ethics of testing new treatments for disease, such as testing oral rehydration solutions on children, who are the main sufferers of Cholera. Students look at Biology outside the classroom in animal behaviour and sampling techniques to collect data from the field, a fascinating element of the course which evokes more new questions.

Course content

Biology is a fascinating and popular subject in the Sixth Form. Students follow the AQA course which is divided into topics covering key biological concepts, ranging from cells to individuals to populations; from the fundamentals of life and inheritance to the newer technologies of genetic engineering and biotechnology; from biochemistry to ecosystems. There are many practical components and enrichment opportunities such as field trips and residential programmes.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE A* - C including Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
  • GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade BB or better or Triple Science at grade BB or better

Future opportunities

A Level Biology students have progressed onto courses in Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biological Sciences and the various Allied Health Professional courses such Radiography and Phlebotomy. The numeracy, literacy, problem solving and research skills that are developed during the course make it possible for students to branch into any other field of study or work.

Further information

Further reading:

The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

The Red Queen - Matt Ridley

Genome - Matt Ridley

Bad Science - Ben Goldacre

Power, Sex and Suicide - Nick Lane

The Man Who Mistook His Wife fora Hat - Oliver Sacks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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