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Biology A Level at Myton School

Course description

“We are all part of the natural world and should learn how to look after it. But if you are cut off or divorced from the natural world, you don’t have a chance to understand how to do that.” – David Attenborough

A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology, with practical skills integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Biology highly appealing. You will learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Biology – the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
Module 2 – Foundations in Biology – includes cell structure; biological molecules; nucleotides and nucleic acids; enzymes; biological membranes; cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.
Module 3 – Exchange and Transport – includes exchange surfaces, transport in animals and plants.
Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease – includes communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution.
Module 5 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy – includes communication and homeostasis, excretion as an example of homeostatic control, neuronal communication, hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis, respiration.
Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems – includes cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Biology or 6-6 in GCSE Combined Sciences and a 5 in Maths

Assessment

100% exams.
A pass/fail practical endorsement will be reported alongside your grade. This is assessed through the year by your teacher.

Future opportunities

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Forensic Science. Biology can also complement Sports Science, Psychology, Sociology and many more.
A Level Biology can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, for example law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Myton School directly.

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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