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Biology A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Biology is a popular course within the college with over 600 students. Students consistently praise the high level of support and there is extensive use of IT resources both within lessons and a very well used Moodle site. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in Society of Biology activities and can take the Olympiad paper. The department runs a highly successful Medics, Dentists and Vets group where students share ideas and get involved in activities to prepare for their future career. The Extension and Dissection Group allows students the opportunity to study whole organisms and link together ideas and concepts from class as well as external workshop visits. One of the highlights of the year is the Biology residential field trip.

Course content

The course consists of three components each assessed at the end of the two years by written exam. The practical elements of the course will be recorded in practical books throughout the two years and allow students to gain the practical accreditation.

Students will initially study a core concepts course which will be assessed throughout the three component exam papers. Each component will contain topics from the following: biological molecules and their properties, cell and membrane structure (of bacteria, plants and animals), cell division, enzymes, biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis, microbiology, populations and nutrient cycles, nervous system, homeostasis, DNA replication, genetics, cloning, variation and evolution, human impact, current applications.

In the third component there will be a self-study element.

Entry requirements

If you have taken GCSE Science you must achieve a grade C in Core Science and grade B at the higher tier in Additional Science (not Applied) or grade B in Biology GCSE higher tier, grade C in higher tier GCSE Maths and grade C in English Language. If you have taken other Science qualifications you will need to discuss this with us.

Future opportunities

Biology has a wide range of interesting applications in research, environment and health areas. Many of our students continue their study of biology at university in such diverse fields as marine biology, immunology, genetics, radiography, environmental health, biomedical sciences, pharmacology and natural history and wildlife studies. Most of the medical courses now demand that students have A Level Biology. The transferrable skills acquired in the study of biology are an excellent preparation for a wider range of courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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